It has been a season full of surprises in the year of 2017 as far as tennis is concerned. We have had two new grand slam champions and three first time finalists at the majors. Not to mention a new world number one in the women’s division and the return of Rafael Nadal to the world number one position. However, today we take a look at some of the players who have improved the most in the 2017 season. Here is the list for the top ten most improved players in 2017.
- Caroline Garcia
Caroline Garcia, who started her campaign at the Australian open as the 21st seed, has had a successful season in 2017. She won her first ever-Asian premier double, capturing titles at the Wuhan open as well as the China open. In doing so, she became the first WTA player to win both the tournaments in the same year. She also broke into the top ten, and in the process qualified for her first ever WTA finals tournament. She takes the tenth spot in our list of top ten most improved players of the season.
- Diego Schwartzman
This young Argentine might not look imposing, but he is one heck of a player. Standing at 5’7 feet, Diego Schwartzman has won Argentina’s player of the year award. He reached a career high ranking of no.25 this year. He also made it to his first ever quarterfinals of a major at the US open, beating Marin Cilic and Lucas Pouille in the process. He became the shortest player to reach a grand slam quarterfinal since 1994. The young Argentine also made it to his third ATP finals. “It’s not just for the big guys here”, said Schwartzman. Well, we hear you Diego! Diego Schwartzman is ninth on our list of most improved players.
- Pablo Carreño Busta
The Spaniard has had a successful 2017, reaching his first ever grand slam quarterfinal at the French open, ousting Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic en route. He also made it to the semi-finals of the US open taking complete advantage of the long injury list. It was his first ever major semi-final. He also appeared in his first ever year-end ATP world tour finals and reached a career high in the ATP rankings. Sitting pretty at the tenth spot in the ATP singles rankings, Pablo Carreño Busta takes the eighth spot on our list.