The 2017 season is nearly over but we already can’t wait for 2018 to start! There will be so many storylines in the mix on the men’s tour, and here are just a few reasons to get excited for next year:
Both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic shut their seasons down early – so too did other injured stars like Stan Wawrinka, Canada’s own Milos Raonic, and Kei Nishikori. All will be back in 2018 and if they all return to their past form, it will be quite a logjam at the top of the game. Most intriguing will be to see if Murray and Djokovic are able to rise rapidly to the perches they held as recent world No. 1s.
This brings us to the other two members of the Big 4 – who would have predicted at the start of the year that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal would split the season’s four Grand Slams between them? It was definitely an unlikely proposition back in January but they proved yet again the phenomenal athletes they are. Can they keep it going?
Roger and Rafa will want to maintain their holds on the Grand Slams as players like Murray and Djokovic make their returns, but is 2018 the year a younger player like Alexander Zverev or Dominic Thiem break through? The Masters 1000 level had new variety to its champions this year – though five events were won by either Federer or Nadal, some new players got into the mix as well with Zverev taking two titles at Rome and Rogers Cup in Montreal, Grigor Dimitrov winning Cincinnati, and Jack Sock claiming the Paris Masters. Will this success extend to the grandest four tournaments of all next year?
Speaking of younger players, Denis Shapovalov was the talk of the tennis world this summer thanks to his thrilling performances at Rogers Cup in Montreal and the US Open. He is definitely one of the most exciting Next Gen players to watch, even more so because he is a proud Canadian! Still only 18, next year will be a growing test for him as he plays his first full season at the ATP level.
Mark your calendars now! The top players of the ATP World Tour will return to Aviva Centre in Toronto for the 2018 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank from August 4-12. It is sure to be another star-studded week of awe-inspiring tennis and entertainment.