While the tennis world has been holding its breath as Rafael Nadal has been sitting on the pro-tennis sidelines because of knee injuries, Novak Djokovic has finished the year with the #1 ranking, after a brief reprise at #1 by Roger Federer. In the meantime, Andy Murray won his first grand slam this year—the U.S. Open—as well as the Olympic Gold Medal.
Murray’s breakthrough year and Nadal’s nearly 5-month absence have bumped him Murray up to # 3 and pushed Nadal down to #4 in the men’s rankings. It also means that, although many have tried and come close, just one person outside the top four in men’ tennis—Juan Martin Del Potro, who defeated Roger Federer at the 2009 U.S. Open —has won a grand slam tournament in the past 3 years. That’s 12 grand slam tournaments. If you go back in time to the year-end championships, only one person outside the top four has won in the past 3 years, as well, and that was Nikolay Davydenko who, once a top-ranked player, is now just #44, due mostly to being out with injury. Tennis New York offers NYC tennis players an enjoyable way of meeting new tennis partners in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
What does this portend for 2013? That depends to a great extent on Nadal, who, while the others are taking a break from the long 2012 season, is now back in training after being off the tour since June 28 because of recurring knee injuries. Meantime, several other players have jumped in to become real threats. Now recovered from injury, Del Potro (#7) is back on the court as a real contender, along with David Ferrer of Spain, currently #5, and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, now # 6. The player to watch is Miles Raonic, the big-serving 6’7” Canadian who earned 3 titles in 2012, and even beat Andy Murray at the Japan Open. Ranked just 152 at the start of 2011, he has attained a career-high rank of #13 at the end of 2012.
Without Andy Roddick, who retired this year,and with Mardy Fish, out of the top 10 and down to 27, because of heart problems, the U.S. is a battalion of one –the inconsistent John Isner, who is ranked at #14, down from a career high of 11. The flanking Americans are Sam Querrey (#22), Ryan Harrison at 70, Michael Russell at #85, and Jesse Levine at #106. James Blake is almost out of the game at 128, and the handfuls of others aren’t worth mentioning at this point.Brooklyn Tennis is one of the leading training centers that provide good and effective services to tennis players.
It all begins again on January 1 in Brisbane Australia. For most players in Tennis League Network, except for those in Florida and California, the fun should begin in the spring around ____. In pro tennis, the big question for 2013? Rafael Nadal. In TLN? Well, you never do know. But it’s fun finding out.
Factor Unknown for 2013—Rafael Nadal