Thursday , August 18 2022

One regular fixture of tennis meets: mixed emotions /


The official tennis season ended with joy and thin disguised fury on Sunday in the north of the French city of Lille.

While Marin Silic and the Croats celebrated the 3-1 victory of Davis Cup, French player Nicolas Mehout awarded the International Federation of Tennis President, Richard Huggerty, part of the brain that won the second place prize, still angry at the decision to radically change the format of the men's team competition annually Next.

These seriously mixed emotions were the appropriate finish for the season where tennis was a lot to celebrate (new stars like Naomi Osaka, enduring stars like Roger Federer and Serena Williams) but also much lament as his governing bodies failed repeatedly to find common ground.

Sports leaders should do better quickly in a brutal and brutal global entertainment landscape where only full-force events seem to be able to leave a lot of traces.

Men's tennis was not completely roaring in 2018: Andy Murray, who finished the No. 1 in 2016, played only a handful of matches while he struggled to recover from hip surgery. The injury of Juan Martin del Potro who was injured for nine years was his best season in nine years and only to break his right knee in Shanghai in October.

Rafael Nadal, 32, missed significant blocks of the season with various injuries and had to retire midmatch on Australia Open and the United States. But he still won five of the nine tournaments he played, including the French Open for the 11th time and probably not the last.

In the end, the top ranking was a look back. Novak Djokovic, 31, has finished the tax 1 after returning to the second half of the year in which he won Wimbledon and the US Nadal finished # 2, and Federer, 37, finished the No. 3 despite going over the clay season again.

These three continuing champions, who again reaped the Grand Slam's loot in 2018, were also the top three men in the rankings already in 2007. They finished in exactly the same ranking order as last 2011.

"What amazes me is that they were so successful in such a difficult time that tennis professionalism went far beyond what we saw before," said Darren Cahill, a veteran coach. "A lot of it is because of the money in sports now that everyone has the ability to put a good team around them." Players treat every aspect, ticking every box you can tap, and yet these three guys managed to control.

Osaka and other young people like the 20-year-old Belarusian, Erina Sabalanka, without power or ambition. Young talents like Martha Kostock, 16; Amanda Anisimova, 17; And 18-year-old Diana Westermska are on the horizon.

And with one more season and very little to start, it would be better if the tennis leaders did not start moving either.

The detached administration of sport remains the biggest obstacle to growth and a sustainable timetable. Compromise should not be too much to ask.

And if there are doubts about the beauty of rapprochement, the bureaucrats should consider what happened shortly after the Davis Cup final.

Despite the disappointment, the French team visited the Croatian dressing room and offered greetings, hugs and finally toast.

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