Lorenzo Musetti … the 20-year-old Italian has long been considered an exciting prospect, but in 2022 he took some significant steps to justify his immense promise. The biggest was in beating Carlos Alcaraz in the final of the ATP-500 tournament in Hamburg in one of the ATP’s five best matches of the tour year. He also won Naples later in the season, and finished 2022 at a career-high ranking of 23. Look out for him in the future.
Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof … the British-Dutch pair only teamed up at the start of the year, yet gelled instantly as a team. They won their first two tournaments, and ended the year as the number one doubles team, winning seven titles, including three Masters-1000s.
Marcelo Arevalo … one of the most moving stories of the year was El Salvador claiming its first main draw Grand Slam title, thanks to Marcelo Arevalo’s French Open triumph in the men’s doubles with Jean-Julien Roger. In fact it was the first Grand Slam title for any player from mainland Central America. Arevalo and Rojer looked out of the final, and saved three match points in the second set, before winning in three. An emotional Arevalo said after the match that he hopes to use his success to attract more Salvadoran kids to tennis and thereby steer them away from the dangers of falling into criminal gangs.
Matt Ebden …. The 34-year-old Australian was a top-40 player in singles four years ago, and in 2022 he became a Grand Slam doubles champion. He and his compatriot Max Purcell reached an all-Aussie final of the men’s doubles at the Australian Open, but then picked up their first major at Wimbledon, beating the top seeds Mektic and Pavic on a fifth set tiebreak, with Ebden serving an ace on championship point. It was the fifth five-setter the pair had played in the tournament.