That was the final sentence said at today’s press conference announcing that the US Open will indeed be held on its scheduled dates of August 24 – September 13, 2020. In addition, today saw both the ATP, WTA, and ITF announce a revised schedule of their events, including Roland Garros (French Open) later this year. The news-filled day showcased that many in professional tennis are trying to salvage the 2020 season, even if not everyone agrees on how it should be done, or even if it should be done at all.
One only had to look to Canada, specifically the Canadian Open, in determining who would enjoy success at this year’s US Open. That, and also pay attention to the summer hard court swing that featured one player showing up in every single final. This year’s final major in New York saw several breakthrough performances, but it also highlighted that the pro game on both tours is undergoing a major shift from the current hierarchy of stars to the future.
The 2018 US Open is in the history books now. Though the 50th version of the event since the Open era began touted the word history a lot, this event will certainly be remembered, but likely for all the wrong reasons.
There’s a saying sometimes used during the Olympic Games when one athlete is expected to win the gold medal even before their event begins. Commentators have been known to say that everyone else in the field is just “playing for silver”. On the tennis tour, there is no silver medal at the end of each event. One player gets the trophy and that’s it.
The expectation, even before this year’s clay court season started, was that Rafael Nadal would win a record eleventh French Open title and raise the La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy. Now that the Paris Grand Slam is here, the expectation is still the same.
Normally at the end of each year, I write up a best and worst list of all things tennis. For a lot of reasons, mostly lack of time, I’ve decided to just write a more concise year-end review with my thoughts on the players, matches, and off-court events that stood out the most to me in 2017. Continue reading →