A look ahead to the 2017 Tennis Season.
The official tennis off season seems to be getting shorter and shorter these days. What with the ATP World Tour Finals, the Davis Cup Final and the Ladies WTA Finals players seem to have a minimal break before they have to return to the court again for the next season. We have already begun to look ahead to the 2017 tennis season. It is only a few weeks away and players have minimum time to get themselves match fit and sharp before the Australian Open.
There are many question marks hanging over the 2017 season none more so that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The big 2 have been recuperating from injury these past few months and both are expected to make a return to the game in 2017. Both Roger and Rafa have seen their rankings tumble and are both now ranked outside the top 10 for the first time in what seems like forever. At the ages of 30 and 35 respectively few would predict anything other than a farewell tour, a last hurrah allowing their hoards of adoring fans one last chance to see their heros play in the flesh. Would Rafa be worth an outside bet for ‘La Decima’ his tenth Roland Garros title? Absolutely!
Andy Murray finally ascended to the top of the games rankings after a career of over 12 years playing on the pro tour and numerous years preceding that as a junior. His story is bittersweet having won Wimbledon twice and in doing so breaking the 77 year British hoodoo at the All England Club. You can check out his odds for doing it again at William Hill. Having fought so hard to achieve the number one ranking I have no doubt Andy will not want to give it up lightly so I expect a fully fired up Murray to fight to the very last for his crown.
Djokovic and Serena also have question marks over themselves. Serena is in a self imposed exile from the game to allow her body to recover from the rigours of competing at the very top for so long. Djokovic will play 2017 events with coach Boris Becker in his corner. The pair went their separate ways recently as Djokovic brought Spaniard Peace and Love guru Pepe Imaz into his camp. There will no doubt be a huge media scrum to see how both the American and the Serb progress in 2017.
All eyes will be on the Australian Open as the first grand slam of the year. If there is going to be a shock on the court the bookies would always predict that it will be in the Aus Open in January. Some players can be sluggish in early January whilst others can run into red hot form. The hot Australian Summer can also play a part too with some players fading in the heat. Expect upsets at Melbourne Park. Can Murray finally lift the title, will Kerber be able to retain hers?
Sharapova’s return to the game will be closely scrutinised. Following a doping ban for taking a banned drug Maria Sharapova will make her return to the game in the Spring and will no doubt be aiming to make her grand slam return at the French Open. Having missed over a year of competitive action what kind of shape will Maria be in? Check out the odds on the Sharapova return. Will she return to her place in the top 5 of the ladies game? It remains to be seen but what we know for sure is Maria is one of the most hard working and driven players on tour she will give it one hell of a shot.