10 Men’s Tennis Players to Watch in the Future

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As venerable as former tennis stars become once they’ve officially retired, the twilight of a tennis professional’s career is legitimately Hobbesian: solitary, poor, brutish, nasty, and short. No tournament this year has provided such a stark illustration of that post-prime landscape as the All England Club’s 2014 edition of the Championships at Wimbledon, when the names that non-tennis types recognize were eliminated early on in the tournament.

It’s true that Roger Federer (pictured above) and Novak Djokovic both made it all the way to the finals, but the clock is still winding down on their careers (even Djokovic, at 27, has been around rather long), and each win seems a little more hard fought than the last. Here, then, are the 10 men — not ranked in any order — who stand poised to fill the superstar vacuum in the near future.