2012 girls’ champion Annika Beck gave Victoria Azarenka all she could handle in the second round of Roland Garros on Thursday.
Where have all the kids gone?
Martina Hingis won each of her five major titles before the age of 20. Try to keep track of the number of times that Ted Robinson mentions ‘Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17′ in her matches and you’re bound to lose count by the end of a dramatic three-setter. On the ATP side of things, the youth drought has been dramatic. Rafael Nadal remains the last teenager to win a major after winning his first French Open title at 19. The last teenager to make a splash of any kind on the men’s circuit was an 18-year-old Bernard Tomic when he made the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
At Roland Garros in 2013, only 17 players in the men’s draw were born in the 1990s. There are no teenagers ranked in the top 100. 18-year-old Nick Kyrigos, the youngest player in the draw, entered with a wildcard. He defeated Radek Stepanek, 15 years in sen...