Stefanos Tsitsipas on the list of tennis flops in 2023 along with four more big names

Kevin Palmer
Stefanos Tsitsipas looks dejected at the 2023 ATP Finals
Stefanos Tsitsipas leaves the court at the 2023 ATP Finals

The dust has settled on a stunning 2023 season and the big winners are enjoying the fruits of their success.

Novak Djokovic was the king of the men’s game once again as he collected three more Grand Slam titles and prize money of $15,952,044.

In the women’s game, Iga Swiatek ended the year on a high after her brilliant performances at the WTA Finals ensured she secured the year-end No 1 ranking.

Yet it wasn’t good news for all the game’s top players and here is our guide to the players who will be looking to do better in 2024.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

2023 record: 51-24

Prize money: $4,852,266

How can you describe a year that saw a player collect $4,852,266 in prize money as a failure?

Well, by the standards of Stefanos Tsitsipas, he will be disappointed by his efforts over the last 12 months.

The year started in promising fashion as he turned in some big performances in the United Cup and reached the Australian Open Final, but the form of this Greek star drifted after that.

A French Open quarter-finalist, he lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon and in the second round at the US Open, with his only title of the year coming in Los Cabos, Mexico, in August.

Tsitsipas needs to improve his backhand consistency if he is to take his game to the next level and get over the winning line in a Grand Slam Final.

Maria Sakkari

2023 record: 38-25

Prize money: $2,600,139

Like her Greek compatriot Tsitsipas, Sakkari will not look back in 2023 with any fondness.

She struggled badly for much of the year and was reduced to tears after her US Open defeat against Rebeka Masarova, as she admitted she may need to take some time away from the game.

She scraped into a qualifying position for the WTA Finals, but this was a year to forget for Sakkari apart from her big WTA 1000 tournament win in Guadalajara in September.

Frances Taifoe 

2023 record: 40-21

Prize money: $2,588,011

After reaching the 2022 US Open semi-finals in a run that included a win against Rafael Nadal, Tiafoe wold have had high hopes of finishing this year as an established member of the game’s top ten.

Yet this engaging character struggled to find his most dynamic form for much of the season, with his run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells in March annd the alst eight at the US Open the big highlights.

He won two titles in 2023, but ended the season ranked at No 16 and that number should inspire Tiafoe to up his game heading into the new season.

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Danielle Collins

2023 record: 22-18

Prize money: $751,601

Collins reached the 2022 Australian Open final, but her record in Grand Slam tournaments this year was underwhelming.

She didn’t get past the third round at any of the majors in 2023 and apart from a quarter-final at the Canadian Open, she also disappointed in the WTA 1000 events.

This talented player struggled to find her best form over the last 12 months, but her health concerns may have played a part in her disappointing results. She suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and also underwent surgery for endometriosis in 2021.

Cameron Norrie

2023 record: 36-25

Prize money: $2,181,535

Novak Djokovic beat Cameron Norrie at the 2023 Davis Cup Finals
Novak Djokovic beat Cameron Norrie at the 2023 Davis Cup Finals

Norrie told Tennis365 earlier this month that he was disappointed with his performances in 2023, but he still has much to look forward to in the new year.

Despite his dip in results at the back end of the season, Norrie clung on to his place in the top 20 of the ATP rankings and finished the year with an encouraging performance against Novak Djokovic in the Davis Cup Finals.

Norrie has vowed to work on his service placement ahead of the new season and will travel to Australia to get his campaign underway at the United Cup later this month.