Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Players to Watch in 2012: Kevin Krawietz (’92)

This young German started the year playing futures qualys and finished it right outside the top 300. Krawietz was a very good junior’s player, reaching an ITF rank of 8 in 2010. Although his results at the Slams weren’t the best, he had impressive victories over players of his age (’92-born). With 2011 being his first full year as a pro, he took full advantage of it and played an impressive amount of tournaments.

Krawietz ended with a 48-23 record while jumping from 795 to 322 in the ranking. He won 1 futures tournament while reaching another 4 finals. He was good at not staying too comfortable, which was shown by him playing tournaments all over the European continent. He even went into the Challengers were he logged a couple of interesting victories.

Throughout the year he defeated players like Michael Lammer, Ilja Bozoljac, Igor Sijsling, Gerald 
Melzer, Brydan Klein and Arnau Brugues-Davi. He was granted a wild card into the ATP at Halle but lost in R1 to Ivan Navarro.

I expect Krawietz to keep rising in the ranking but at a steady pace. I see him cracking the top 180 and becoming a fixture at the Challenger level by the end of the year. Because of his results I don’t see him getting any further this year, unless he is granted a mountain of wild cards into Challengers (sort of likely) and ATPs (unlikely) and capitalizes very well on them.

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