Tennis: Who is NEXT?
Only one man won his first-ever ATP tournament title in 2012: the big lefthander known as Klizko. After winning four titles on the second-tier Challenger Tour in 2012, he captured the St. Petersburg Open crown in September to cap off a year in which he rose from No. 117 to No. 29. He also made his deepest run in a grand slam tournament, reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Along the way, he notched his first victory against a top 10-seeded player when caught Jo-Wilfried ...
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Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes we call NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real.