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In a tournament filled with established ATP Tour veterans, the youthful presence of 14-year-old Rashed Nawaf offered a unique change to the draws at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.The Qatari teenager was rewarded for his junior success by making his tour-level debut on home soil. Nawaf competed in the singles qualifying draw and faced a Top 100 player in Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, then paired with Tunisian Malek Jaziri in doubles and battled a pair of elite doubles players in Henri Kontinen/Franko Skugor. Although Nawaf lost both matches, he’s confident that the experiences will only help him in the future.“It’s a turning point in my career,” Nawaf said. “It’s a big step playing these huge names and being surrounded by big stars. I was impressed with their level of tennis and so many aspects of their game. The pressure is hard in singles, but it’s a bit less in doubles. You have the support of a partner and it helps, especially with someone like Malek.”Nawaf’s debut in Doha was particularly fitting because he’s been a regular visitor to the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex as a spectator. He immediately took to tennis when he first attended this event as a young boy and his passion for the sport hasn't wavered since.“I was always at this tournament growing up and it played a big role in my love for tennis,” Nawaf said. “I went with my father to watch this tournament and really liked it, so I told him that I wanted to play.”At age 12, the Qatar Tennis Federation sent him to train at the world-renowned Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France, where he still resides. Nawaf’s game quickly blossomed there and he’s been serving up notice in top junior events, finishing runner-up last year at the prestigious Les Petits As tournament and in the 14-and-under draw at the Orange Bowl.But while Nawaf is pleased with his progress, his ambitions are much loftier. He hopes that someday lifting the title in Doha will be just one accomplishment in a fruitful ATP Tour career.“I believe it’s the dream of every tennis player to be one of the best singles players in the world and win a Grand Slam,” Nawaf said. “It’s the same for me.”
Fourteen #NextGenATP stars will try to make their mark at Roland Garros in the coming fortnight. ATPTour.com looks at seven of those players before the clay-court Grand Slam begins.Denis ShapovalovShapovalov is the hottest #NextGenATP player leading into Roland Garros. The lefty, who has excelled under the guidance of former Russian star Mikhail Youzhny, cracked the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time Monday. The ninth seed, who is fresh off a run to the quarter-finals of the US Open and the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, will try to improve his 1-2 record at Roland Garros. Shapovalov plays French veteran Gilles Simon in the first round.Felix Auger-AliassimeThe 19th seed is making his Roland Garros main draw debut. The Canadian reached last year's Lyon final, but was unable to compete the following week in Paris due to a left adductor injury. Auger-Aliassime has shown great promise on clay, making his first big tour-level splash at the 2019 Rio Open presented by Claro, where he reached the final as the World No. 104. The 20-year-old faces Japanese lefty Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round.Alex de MinaurDe Minaur, who like Shapovalov made his maiden major quarter-final at the US Open, will try to play his best clay-court tennis yet in Paris. The Aussie is 2-10 at tour-level on the surface, but he is widely recognised as one of the quickest players on Tour. In cooler, slower conditions, it will be incredibly difficult for players to hit through the 25th seed, who opens his run against 2018 semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato.Jannik SinnerWhen Roland Garros was played in 2019, Sinner was outside the Top 200 of the FedEx ATP Rankings. Now World No. 74, the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion is rapidly rising. The Italian faces a tough test in his Roland Garros debut against 11th seed David Goffin. However, not only did he win his only previous ATP Head2Head meeting against the Belgian, but he is fresh off a victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rome.Corentin MoutetFrance’s top #NextGenATP hope Moutet is trying to back up strong Roland Garros performances from 2018 and 2019. The dynamic lefty, who is unafraid of the forecourt, reached the second round two years ago in Paris and the third round last year. The 21-year-old, who recently collaborated on a rap song with Shapovalov, plays Italian qualifier Lorenzo Giustino in the first round.Alejandro Davidovich FokinaFew players on the ATP Tour are as fond of the drop shot as Davidovich Fokina, and the Spaniard will certainly use it on the slow Roland Garros clay. The Spaniard, who is at a career-high World No. 69, won three matches to qualify in Rome and also reached the fourth round of the US Open. Davidovich Fokina opens against fellow #NextGenATP player Harold Mayot, a French wild card.Miomir KecmanovicThe Serbian is flying high after lifting his first ATP Tour trophy in Kitzbuhel. World No. 40 Kecmanovic has established himself inside the Top 50 of the FedEx ATP Rankings, and now he will try to cause an upset at Roland Garros against Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman, the 12th seed. Kecmanovic has made the second round at four of his past five majors, but he has never advanced further at a Grand Slam.Did You Know?The other seven #NextGenATP players competing at Roland Garros are Hugo Gaston, Sebastian Korda, Tomas Machac, Harold Mayot, Alexei Popyrin, Jurij Rodionov and Emil Ruusuvuori.
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