In January you whisper about it, in June qualifiers begin and in October the race reaches it’s final sprint but now the marathon week is about to begin.
A season hit by injury for many top players saw some returning faces in Roger and Rafa and some new faces!
We are unsure whether the world number one will participate. The knee injury has flared up and forced him out of Paris. No matter what does happen he will finish the year as number one. Inside hard courts have not been his strength over the years so I wouldn’t even have him down as the favourite.
Missing Paris was a good decision, time to rest ahead of London and of course a stop in Glasgow for Andy Murray Live which ended up in him playing tennis in a kilt. He has to be the favourite. No one knows London like Roger.
Stepped it up ahead of the other younger players on the tour. Can show frustration at times but has his game settled. I haven’t seen too much of Alex on the indoor court but if it is another slow one in London he will rely on his variety to win matches. Getting out of the group will be key but will be tough.
Second year running for Thiem who there are concerns about as he once again travelled week in week out playing 28 tournaments in 9 months. At some point the tennis will catch up and bother him long term, to cement his place as a contender cutting out unnecessary travelling and tournaments. The game is there but is the challenge?
Could be one to watch in London! Cilic has had some unusual results this year but he has played at a consistently good level and maybe doesn’t get the credit he deserves sometimes. With the serve, ground strokes and his improvement at the net will make him dangerous!
Exceptional start to the year for Grigor. He was unplayable early on, it did fall apart a little but has been consistent throughout the season. He has grown up a lot on the court and his game is much better now! If he can settle then he can be dangerous on this O2 court.
One of my stories of the year. That freak injury at Roland Garros was tough for him physically and mentally but David is a fighter. If I compare the tennis he was playing during the clay court season with that of last year at the O2 when he had a brief cameo as an alternate and his game is much better and I think that cameo did him the world of good.
Well, I’m not sure where to begin. With great respect Jack Sock an addition I would call a fish out of water. He has had good results this year but winning a Masters 1000 title has propelled him into the final position and qualifies and it is a great achievement personally for him but it does highlight the lack of quality outside the top players.