Tennis Column is our regular (which sometimes appears irregularly) opinion post about ATP and WTA tennis. What interesting happened in past days, what we expect in future. Our opinion about important and unimportant tennis things.
Novak Djokovic announced last week he will take a break from tennis until the end of the year. His elbow needs rest or even surgery and therefore it does not make sense to play. Looks like he takes Roger Federer lesson seriously and will try to repeat his glorious return after injury break last year. It makes sense that all star players will play fewer tournaments and matches during a season in future. “Working on a part time” as Roger Federer says, will be a new normal in the tennis world. Otherwise, we will see more and injury breaks coming. It is mixed news for tennis fans. On one side, we will see fewer matches between top 3 or top 6 players during a season. On another side, the matches between Djokovic and Federer, or Djokovic and Nadal will be much more entertaining as players will be aware that chance for revenge will not come in weeks, but in month or years. Not saying that just healthy and motivated players are playing superb tennis. So, Australian Open next year will be quite a tournament with Novak coming back and Federer defending the title.
Czech Ladies rocking
Katarina Siniakova beat Caroline Wozniacki in WTA Bastad Final on Sunday. It was the second title of the year (first was in Shenzhen in January) for her. And it was the 7th title for Czech Ladies this season (3x Pliskova Karolina, 2x Siniakova, 1x Vondrousova, 1x Kvitova). The Czech Republic has a lot of pretty girls and lot of excellent tennis players. They have 5 players in WTA TOP 50 and 8 players in WTA TOP 100 (as of 24.07.2017), Karolina Pliskova is number one in the ranking. Pliskova sisters are 25 years old, Kvitova 27 years old and represent ladies in their best tennis age. Strycova is 31, Safarova 30 as two little bit older ladies. And Vondrousova is just 18 and Siniakova 21 years old, the bright future lies ahead for them. With all the numbers we just wrote, it is no surprise that the Czech Republic won 5 out of 6 Fed Cup titles from 2011. And even with their semifinal loss against the USA this year, they should not be afraid of tennis future.
Win in Newport last week on grass, Win in Atlanta this Sunday. Those are noticeable results for 32 years old North Carolina native John Isner. Looks like his form is rising with a possible peak in late August in New York. US Open got little hit with Djokovic absence, but it looks like it can be covered by fans mania with American as title hope. If John Isner keeps his form for a month longer, we can definitely count him as one of top 4 contenders. I believe he can definitely do it.