The 2018 season is coming to a close, and what a season it has been, with a massive amount of change in the tennis rankings – just ask Andy Murray.
In many ways, 2018 has been the story of comebacks. Novak Djokovic has returned to the top and his brilliant best. Serena Williams has battled back to two Grand Slam finals despite just returning from child-birth.
However, there are plenty others out there who have disappointed in 2018 – and in some cases longer – for a variety of reasons.
Here, we take a look at those in most need of a strong 2019, with Murray among some very strong company among the ATP Tour stars looking to climb the rankings, and Maria Sharapova the biggest name WTA Tour star on the list.
Kyle Edmund brushed aside Albert Ramos Vinolas at the European Open.
Top seed Julia Goerges and Eugenie Bouchard into the Luxembourg Open semi-finals.
Daniil Medvedev beat Dusan Lajovic at the Kremlin Cup.
Johanna Konta held off a fighting Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Kremlin Cup.
Patrick Mouratoglou says it is time to allow on-court coaching.
Greg Rusedski says he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Novak Djokovic wins all four Grand Slams again.
In Tennis Today, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are “urged to break their silence”.
Simona Halep will miss the season-ending WTA Finals.
Vasek Pospisil beat Milos Raonic at the European Open.
Eugenie Bouchard secured a stunning win over Carla Suarez Navarro in Luxembourg.