The previous vs the brand new; the skilled vs the up-and-coming, 2019 might be an thrilling 12 months on this planet of tennis
For most of the world’s main tennis gamers, the 2019 season is already underway. And for the remainder, the official begin of the boys’s and ladies’s excursions begins subsequent week in 2019 – and right here’s only a little bit of perception on what to anticipate within the coming 12 months:
Thirty is the brand new Twenty in Males’s Tennis
Earlier than the brand new technology try to take over we predict there might be a variety of comebacks from the extra ‘skilled’ gamers. The youthful gamers had success within the latter levels of 2018. Zverev, Edmund, Osaka and Sabalenka had been just some of the gamers who received vital titles. Nevertheless, heading into 2019, a variety of the previous guard might be in higher form and gunning to return to the highest.
Andy Murray who had hip surgical procedure by no means made it to the beginning line in Melbourne this 12 months. In the meantime, Nadal ended the match nursing a hip harm, whereas Djokovic came upon he would want an operation on his elbow. So, Djokovic might be wanting to return to what has been his most profitable Grand Slam occasion. Equally, Nadal has been working onerous in Majorca following his ankle surgical procedure final month, and Stan Wawrinka’s kind picked up via 2018.
Stan Wawrinka had a forgettable 12 months after sustaining accidents. In consequence, the Three-time Grand Slam champion is at the moment ranked 66 on this planet. Stan might be seeking to rediscover his silken contact within the Marseille Open early in 2019.
“It was that hitting 30 was the signal participant’s profession was winding down,” Wertheim says. “However Federer and Nadal have modified different gamers’ expectations for a way lengthy they will maintain taking part in their greatest tennis.”
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Andy Murray has gone via outstanding lengths to enhance his health since his hip harm. The 31-year-old’s schedule reveals that he’s anticipating 2019 to be busy. The previous No.1 opens his marketing campaign in Brisbane subsequent week and after the Australian Open is anticipated to play indoors in Montpellier and Marseille and open air in Dubai earlier than heading for the “Sunshine Double” of Indian Wells and Miami.
New Grand Slam Winner
Because it stands, there was no Grand Slam winner beneath the age of 30, however there are a lot of contenders in line to win a Main. Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev are on the prime of that listing.
Whereas thirty is the brand new twenty, the up-and-coming are stronger than ever. Nadal is adamant tennis has a wholesome future with the proliferation of the youthful stars rising.
The earlier technology most likely, they weren’t sufficient good,” Nadal advised CNN.
“However now, sure, in my view, we have now a brand new technology that is superb. It’s only a query of time, that’s my feeling. It’s nearly time that they’re going to win grand slams.”
“[Alexander] Zverev, [Dominic] Thiem, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Denis] Shapovalov, [Karen] Khachanov, [Andrey] Rublev, all these guys are good. [Nick] Kyrgios, [Alex] De Minaur.
“All these guys are good, excellent.
“So they’ll be there and they’ll combat for necessary issues for most likely the subsequent 5, six years.”
Dominic Thiem reached the ultimate of Roland Garros, whereas Zverev received four titles in 2018 – together with one Masters 1000 title in Madrid and the ATP Finals in London.
Different rising stars are Karen Khachanov, who received his first Masters 1000 title in Paris. Borna Coric, Stefanos Tsitsipas, David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios and Kyle Edmund. All of whom might very properly win this 12 months’s title.
Since 2005, solely on 9 events did both Federer, Nadal or Djokovic not win one of many grand slams on provide. To say it has been one-sided could be a gross understatement. If one of many youthful gamers wins a Grand Slam in 2019 they’ll formally announce the start of a brand new period in males’s tennis.
An thrilling 12 months awaits us.
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