The four majors are over but the season is far from over. Some players are already in Asia for the next swing of the tour and some will follow suit too before a trip back to Europe and then season ending championships in Shenzhen and London.
But, what is everyone up to?
Nothing official out of the camp but Patrick Mouratoglou has had his say which you’d expect. He told ESPN that he doesn’t expect Serena to play before the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.
Serena hasn’t qualified and is in 5th spot with 3985 points which is about 300 ahead of last spot right now. There is at least 600 points between 11th and 10th and I can’t see the top 10 shifting too much right now.
Serena could qualify without playing depending on what others do but there is a possibility she could go to Beijing before hand where she hasn’t featured since 2014.
Del Potro is coming back!
Juan Martin Del Potro will be back on a court this year.
The Argentine who fractured his knee cap for the second time in a 9 month period at Queens Club is on track and has set his sights in October.
It has been announced that he will in Stockholm from 14-20th October and the following week in Vienna.
Paris and London for Rafa?
World number one ranking is on the line following his 19th major win in New York but where will he play from now until the end of the season.
He is on Laver Cup duty in Geneva and was impressively back in Mallorca less than 24 hours after winning the US Open which was a surprise to shy away from the usual photo duties.
The next Masters event is in Shanghai where he is on the entrants list for but is due to get married a few days before the event, it would be unusual if he were to be there.
I expect him to play before he heads to London for the tour finals however Paris Masters is the one Masters 1000 event he has played the least in his career having only featured six times.
Kevin’s year is over!
Kevin Anderson’s season is over.
It has been a rough season of injuries for Kevin Anderson who has competed at just five tournaments and not played since Wimbledon but has called time on his season.
Kevin is one of the nicest guys on the tour and does a lot on and off the court to make it a better sport and I hope we see a fit and healthy Kevin in 2020.
Three WTA stars off to Harvard!
Three WTA players are off to Harvard University this week. Maria Sharapova of course attended in 2016 when she was serving her ban for taking a banned substance but three players are taking time off their current end of season to go back to school.
Andrea Petkovic, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Caroline Wozniacki will be taking chunks out of the remainder of their season as they join the university.
Wozniacki is doing a course called ‘Crossover into Business’ not too sure what the others are up to.
Does this mean retirement is close? It’s been on the cards for Andrea who has had some injury problems and slipped to 77 in the world and celebrated her 32nd birthday on Monday.
Mattek-Sands plays more doubles now but the noise is still there she is continuing after hinting her and Jamie Murray will team up once again in mixed doubles at Melbourne Park in January.
Wozniacki? It’s possible. She has struggled with injuries, form and was diagnosed with arthritis in 2018.
Who could forget? Team Europe v Team World and the teams are;
Win for Team Europe, right?
Tsitsipas’ social hiatus!
Stefanos Tsitsipas’ season has slipped away and the Greek star has announced a break from social media.
Does this mean no more vlogs as well?
Tennis wise, he is certainly keeping busy over the next few weeks;
11th-14th September – Davis Cup Group III (clay)
20th-22nd September – Laver Cup Geneva
23rd-29th September – Zhuhai (ATP 250)
30th September-6th October – Beijing (ATP 500)
7th-13th October – Shanghai (Masters 1000)
14th-20th October – Stockholm (ATP 250 & Defending champion)
21st-27th October – Basel (ATP 500)
28th Oct-3rd November – Paris (Masters 1000)
11th November-16th November – ATP World Tour Finals London
Stefanos actually doesn’t have a week off, he needs to find a gap somewhere! He currently has qualified for the Next Gen finals but he should definitely be in London instead!