The 2017 Wimbledon concluded on Sunday, the 131st edition of the Championships. Roger Federer won his record 8th Wimbledon title to become the first man to win 8 Wimbledon singles title, also extending his record of most Major titles to 19. Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain won her 2nd Major title and first Wimbledon title. She was runner up at the event in 2015, losing to Serena Williams.
As 3 Majors of the season conclude, we look at the remainder of the 2017 tennis season. The final Major of the year, the US Open. Before US Open the American hardcourt swing, where there are 2 Masters events at Montreal/Toronto and Cincinnati. After the US Open the Asian harcourt swing followed by the European indoor season. And, finally, to conclude the year end Championships for both Men and Women. So we take a look at 5 talking points after the 2017 Wimbledon:
Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic’s health
World No. 1 Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic lost early at Wimbledon and their poor 2017 season seems to get worse. Murray lost to American Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals and was clearly nursing an injury during the match. Whereas, Djokovic retired during his quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych having a elbow injury. It would be interesting to see if the two members of the ‘Big Four’ are able to compete at 100% health and return to form for the US Open.
The younger generation of the ATP is yet to break through and are constantly struggling at the Big stage. It was expected from the likes of Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem to finally make an impact and make deep runs at the Majors. But, they have been unable to do so. Since, Murray and Djokovic seem to be unhealthy it would be a great opportunity to challenge the likes of the inform Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the remainder of the season.
Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka continue their comebacks
Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka will return to action in Stanford Classic at the end of this month. Both the players were given wildcards for the tournament. Maria Sharapova will play for the first time after May after she was denied wildcard at the Roland Garros and later withdrew form Wimbledon due to injury. Whereas, Victoria Azarenka will play her third tournament after return. If both these players are able to find form quickly they will be in contention at the US Open.
ATP and WTA Year End No. 1
The 2017 season is about to conclude in about 4 months. The WTA Race is as tight as it can get and it would be interesting to see who grabs the Year End No.1. The current WTA Race leader is Simona Halep and followed closely by Karolína Plíšková and Garbiñe Muguruza. The American hardcourt season and the US Open would be important.
On the men’s side Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals and one of the 2 would likely be the Year End no. 1. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are currently 7 and 8, respectively in the ATP race and it would be interesting to see the other 6 who qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
After the conclusion of Wimbledon all the eyes now would be on the build up for the year’s final Major. The 2017 US Open would be very tough to predict on both Women’s and Men’s side. The women’s field is wide open due to the absence of Serena Williams. Also, with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka returning it would make the draw very interesting.
On the men’s side Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won the first 3 Majors of the year among them. But if Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray get 100% healthy and Stan Wawrinka shows his 2016 US Open form the championships are for any ones taking.