The second player to attain the illustrious honor of Challenger Tennis Player to Watch for 2014 is another teenager, just like our first selection, Borna Coric. And like Lava*, our second selection is also a former ITF World Junior Number One who bagged a Boys’ Slam title recently. Any guesses? Gianluigi Quinzi? Nick Kyrgios? Filip Peliwo?
Wrong. Wrong. And also: WRONG! Those were terrible guesses, and you should be ashamed.
Nay, our second Player To Watch for 2014 is… Kimmer Coppejans!
The nineteen-year-old Belgian has had a year to remember, beginning his first full season at pro level by making consecutive Futures semifinals in Turkey, then going on a summertime tear, winning four out of five Belgian Futures events in June and July. He immediately capitalized on that momentum by making the quarterfinals of the Meknes Challenger before petering out in Asia to close out his 2013 campaign.
OK, so make it a nine months to remember, then. But petering or no, Coppejans rose a decent 506 spots in the rankings to ATP #251 since the beginning of the year, posting a more-than-respectable 49/22 record (a winning percentage of 69%) even while losing four out of the final five matches he played this season.