A group of talented Americans stepped up to the plate around the world, including in Delray Beach, Florida and the Australian Open qualifying draws in the Middle East. With 2021 underway, here are the top American movers and shakers as the tours inch closer to the first Grand Slam of the year. 

1

Sebastian Korda

Finalist, Delray Beach

This week, Korda cemented himself as one of the top young players to watch in 2021. The 20-year-old beat four players in the Top 100 to reach his first ATP final in Delray Beach. While he did not win the title, losing to Hubert Hurkacz, Korda is now on the cusp of his own Top-100 debut. 

2

Whitney Osuigwe

Australian Open Qualifier, Dubai

At the Australian Open qualifying event, which was held outside of Melbourne for the first time in the Grand Slam's history, Americans snagged main draw spots for February's major. One of those players was teenager Whitney Osuigwe, who defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu in three sets to earn one of 16 qualifying berths.

3

Michael Mmoh

Australian Open Qualifier, Doha

Over in Doha, Mmoh defeated Arthur Rinderknech in straight sets to earn his own spot in Melbourne. This is not the first time that the American has reached the main draw at the Australian Open: last year, he fought his way to the second round. Only time will tell if the 23-year-old can pull off a better result in 2021.

4

Maxime Cressy

Australian Open Qualifier, Doha

To secure his chartered flight to the Melbourne bubble, Cressy defeated German veteran Dustin Brown in straight sets. The former UCLA standout achieved his career-high ranking of No. 157 in September and has mostly had success at the ITF and ATP Challenger level. He won his first main-draw Grand Slam match at the US Open last season. 

5

Christian Harrison

Singles semifinalist and doubles finalist, Delray Beach

After winning consecutive ATP-level matches for the first time in his career, Harrison defeated Gianluca Mager to reach the semifinals. The 26-year-old qualifier would lose to eventual champion Hurkacz, but after entering the ATP 250 ranked No. 789, Harrison will jump all the way to world No. 345. He and his older brother Ryan also reached the final.