Tennis365’s A to Z of tennis for November: A ‘rinsed’ Andy Murray, a lack of love for Novak Djokovic
You may have missed some of important things that happened in the world of tennis during November, so here is your A to Z of tennis snapshot.
A is for Alexander Zverev: We start off with the man of the moment as Alexander Zverev stunned Novak Djokovic to win the biggest title of his career, the ATP Finals. And of course, world No 1 Djokovic only had positives things to say about the German after the final.
B is for betting specials: Our man Deggsy Bilton provided you with plenty of winners in 2018, and he is already looking ahead to the 2019 season with a series of “betting specials”.
D is for disastrous Davis Cup: The Davis Cup furore refuses to die down with Robin Haase predicting a bleak future for the revamped event. However, the Dutchman will still compete as it will earn him plenty of money.
Then there was Zverev who warned “a lot of top players will not play” in the finals.
E is for examination of Rafael Nadal’s 2018 season: Michael Graham examines whether Rafael Nadal shone for long enough to be deemed bright enough.
F is for favouritism: Frenchman Julien Benneteau caused a stir with suggestions Roger Federer received preferential treatment when it comes to scheduling, but Novak Djokovic, John Isner and Jim Courier came to the Swiss legend’s defence over the favouritism claims.
G is for gong: The Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as well as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex De Minaur are some of the players to receive ATP gongs for their 2018 performances.
H is for how Ivan Lendl masterminded Alexander Zverev’s defeat over Djokovic: Zverev explained how Lendl helped him to overcome the world No 1 in London.
I is for infantile booing: Johnny Nic says infantile booing should be saved for pantomime season, not great tennis spectacles.
J is for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: After an injury-ravaged 2018, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is raring to go after he added former French Open winner Sergi Bruguera to his coaching set-up.
L is for lack of love for Novak Djokovic: Michael Graham looks at the one thing Novak Djokovic just can’t seem to win.
M is for mental health: Nick Kyrgios opened up about his struggles in 2018, revealing that he “wasn’t in the best mental health state”.
N is for Next Gen star: The future stars certainly made a lot of people eat their words this year (more on that below) as Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed the NextGen title.
O is for Olympics: Novak Djokovic is taking the fight to the ITF over rules that state players should play Davis Cup if they want to represent their country at the Olympics.
P is for a Poland great: Agnieszka Radwanska confirmed her retirement from tennis, and Sebastian Sternik took a retrospective look back on a career that deserved more.
R is also for a ‘rinsed’ Andy Murray: Andy Murray is unlikely to play the Cincinnati Masters again following disparaging remarks by the tournament director.
S is for Saudi Arabia exhibition match: The controversial Saudi Arabia exhibition match between Rafael Nadal won’t be going ahead after all.
T is for towel ‘thing’: The ATP trialled the new towel racks at the Next Gen Finals, but Tsitsipas wasn’t a fan, saying “one thing I didn’t like that much was the towel thing,” adding that it is the job of the ball kids “to provide towels and balls for the players”.
Michael Graham, meanwhile, believes it’s great that tennis is placing the issue so high on its agenda.
U is for unpopular Roger Federer opinion: On the back of Roger Federer’s loss against Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals, Kevin Palmer wrote that “Federer’s lack of excuses suggest he is closer to the end than we feared”.
It proved to be a very unpopular piece on Twitter after Mark Petchy decided to respond.
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) November 12, 2018
V is for video of Andy Murray doing a “carpool karaoke”: Watch/listen to Andy Murray singing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “I Won’t Back Down”.
W is for Wimbledon goal: World No 1 Halep has set her sights on Wimbledon, saying it is her goal for 2019.
X is for eXclusives: Take your pick as we had eXclusives with Greg Rusedski on:
Andy Murray’s toughest-ever challenge
What comes next for Roger Federer
Who can break Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer dominance
His prediction for Novak Djokovic ahead of 2019 season
Y is for year-end No 1: Djokovic was confirmed as the year-end No 1 after Nadal withdrew from the ATP Finals. We looked at some quirky and not so quirky things that happened on the ATP Tour since Djokovic last finished the year as No 1.
Z is for Zverev has the last laugh: At the start of the month T365 had several articles about Zverev’s failure to deliver on his potential, but of course the German had the last laugh after winning the ATP Finals, as mentioned at the top.
Alexander Zverev needs to stop pleading for patience and start seizing his opportunity
Sascha Zverev needs to prove he is the real deal after his latest flop
Comment: Alexander Zverev needs to stop whinging and start thinking
Iga Swiatek reveals biggest hurdle to her completing a career Grand Slam
Iga Swiatek discussed when she hopes to complete a career Grand Slam and suggested what her biggest hurdle may be.
‘Carlos Alcaraz was No 1 most of this year but all the players still think Novak Djokovic is No 1’
A top analyst has claimed “all the players” still think Novak Djokovic is the best player in the world.
Nightmare draw for Andy Murray as Carlos Alcaraz learns his fate in China Open
Carlos Alcaraz set to return to action for the first time since the US Open.
Huge money on offer in China with record prize pot up for grabs for top women
The top women players will be chasing a huge cash prize at the China Open.
Tennis legend makes big Ben Shelton prediction as American stars at Laver Cup
A tennis legend has hailed the game of rising star Ben Shelton and made a big prediction about the 20-year-old American.
Top coach suggests Rafael Nadal will ‘probably stop’ comeback bid if reality dawns
“There is no reason to think that he will not be the favourite for Roland Garros.”
Two huge names could be contenders to take over Laver Cup captaincy roles
Could new captain’s spice up the Laver Cup?
Andy Murray makes Novak Djokovic consistency claim in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal comparison
Andy Murray has discussed the consistency of his ‘Big Four’ rivals.
Carlos Alcaraz backed by esteemed coach in bold 2024 Grand Slam claim
A respected tennis coach believes losing in the semi-finals of the 2023 US Open will be “the best thing ever” for Carlos Alcaraz.
End of the road for the Stefanos Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa love story?
Tsitsipas and Badosa became social media sensations when they confirmed their romance, but their love story may be over.