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
‘We are also human,’ says Iga Swiatek after breaking down following exit from singles at Tokyo Olympics
An emotional exit from Tokyo Games for Iga Swiatek.
The Novak Djokovic steamroller reaches third round at Olympics as Serbian finds ‘a higher level of tennis’
Novak Djokovic four wins away from Olympic gold.
‘It was a tough match for us,’ says Jamie Murray after losing doubles at Olympics alongside Neal Skupski
No medal for Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski at Tokyo Games.
Tennis Top 10
Top 10 youngest ATP Tour title winners: Andy Murray celebrating with a kiss and Lleyton Hewitt quitting school
Your top 10 youngest ATP Tour title winners.
‘It’s amazing,’ says Carlos Alcaraz as he follows in Rafael Nadal’s footsteps by capturing an ATP title at 18
An ATP Tour title for Carlos Alcaraz at just 18.
‘I’m here for a good time,’ says Naomi Osaka after easing into third round at Tokyo Olympics
Naomi Osaka defeated Viktorija Golubic to reach the last 16.
Kei Nishikori identifies key features behind brilliant win over Andrey Rublev at Olympics
Kei Nishikori off the mark at his home Olympics.
‘I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and happy again,’ says Naomi Osaka after opening win at Olympics
Smooth start for four-time major winner Naomi Osaka.
‘A disappointing day’ for ‘erratic’ Ashleigh Barty as she crashes out of singles at Tokyo Olympics
Ashleigh Barty makes an early exit from Tokyo Olympics.
He’s done it! ‘I couldn’t be more proud of myself,’ says Cameron Norrie after winning maiden ATP Tour title
It’s a maiden ATP Tour singles title for Cameron Norrie.