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Yeah, he was my favourite player, and I had a faint hope that he would be able to make another comeback but it wasn't to be. A quick defeat in the first round where he broke down in tears during the final game.

Imagine if he had not had all those injury woes, and I really think he could have competed with the big three or at least have been as good as Murray.

I will never forget those insane semi-finals he had against Federer in the London Olympics (19-17 in the final set) or against Nadal in Wimbledon 2018. Sad that he lost them both.
 
All Slams to have a super tiebreak at 6-6 in deciding sets starting next year.

The single greatest thing about the scoring system ruined for no reason. If you dont want 70-68 anymore just ban John Isner
Opelka-Isner could be quite a long match.

I don't like it either but as long as they don't go away from best-of-five in Slams, I can live with it.
 
Barty said she was burnt out. Been number one for the past two years and won 15 tournaments and 3 Opens. Achieved a lot in a short time considering she took time off to play cricket ! The women's ranks at the top become even more thinned out and unpredictable now...........
 
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Genuinely shocked about Ash Barty's retirement!

But she obviously lost the motivation to continue; has done what she wanted to do....in tennis. Good luck to her in whatever her future pursuits are.
Unexpected, she's only 25. When was the last time a world number 1 retired? But sometimes its refreshing when players retire at their peak powers and we have to respect her decision. Three grand slams - only the US Open escaped her.
 
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Its not refreshing at all to me, womens tennis has struggled very hard with inconsistency among top player or early retirements among them.

Theres nothing to judge Barty for obviously, but its bad for the game. I still vastly prefer it over Osaka complaining how depressed she is while raking in 50M a year
 
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What. I dont think mental health issues are marketing tools in the way she uses it.
I think this is really insensitive.

How are you supposed to act if you do have anxiety but still happens to be one of the world's best tennis players?

I certainly don't see Osaka as some evil, scheming moneymaker but I also didn't know her yearly income was 50 million. That seems excessive, I'll admit.
 
It's a pity that Barty retired as she was just starting to grow into her role as a number one - The fact is that few knew of Barty outside of the tennis world, ( and not that much is known in the tennis world, due to her quiet, reserved and inoffensive personality
 
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Women’s tournament has become a big joke. Every other match has a ‘retired’ or ‘walkover’ next to it, and the rest of the matches have been easy straight set wins.

The men’s side has also had some retirements. Today it was Sinner’s turn.
 
Medvedev once again failing to take #1 from Djokovic who can't enter the country.

Looks to me like next gen debates will cease very soon. There will be Alcaraz and there will be everyone else. I predicted he'd reach the top 3 this year already but if he wins Miami tomorrow he's already gonna be #2 in the race.
 
Medvedev once again failing to take #1 from Djokovic who can't enter the country.

Looks to me like next gen debates will cease very soon. There will be Alcaraz and there will be everyone else. I predicted he'd reach the top 3 this year already but if he wins Miami tomorrow he's already gonna be #2 in the race.
Possibly even number 1 if Nole's shenanigans continue. Or you're thinking Nadal at #1?
 
Possibly even number 1 if Nole's shenanigans continue. Or you're thinking Nadal at #1?
When I predicted it in October it was meant to sound like a flaming hot take. Now I think he's >>50% to finish top 3 in the world, and #1 is certainly possible.

It's not that Alcaraz just had a somewhat lucky run. He literally leads the ATP Tour by game% this year. The benchmark for outstanding years is generally ~60% games won on a surface, if it's on all surface it's even better, and Alcaraz currently sits at 61%. Now granted this stat is a little bit volatile and Alcaraz has the game type that stat pads game% against weak opponents cause he breaks serve so much, but he's also played a bunch of top 10 opponents so it's not like his average opponent has been that weak. In fact, he had a >1.00 dominance ratio vs Nadal, basically indicating he was the slightly better player on average in that match.

I think clay season will likely depend #1. If Nadal has a typical Nadal year he takes it. If he doesn't, Alcaraz might take it. If Djokovic comes back with a vengeance he can put himself in there by just scoring heaps in the Slams.

Medvedev is no bueno IMO. Zverev is Zverev and hasn't gotten better in 5 years. Noone else is close.
 
Are we even sure Nadal is coming back for the clay season?
He's skipping MC I think, but before RG he always goes from "I am bery injured" to completely fine unless he loses then he was injured all that time.

Nadal doesn't seem to really care about #1, and he'll just have the Slams as his utmost priority.

One importnat note on Alcaraz is that unlike all the other nextgenners he cut down his schedule immediately once he broke through, immediately aiming for big tournaments. That will help him keep up his level throughout the year.

Despite being #2 in the race, Alcaraz isn't even in the top 10 for most matches played.
 

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