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3 Tennis Players to Retire in 2020

Is Roger Federer planning to retire from playing tennis in 2020?

The answer is indefinite. There are no reports or claims on whether Federer will retire in 2020. 

In lieu of that, tennis fans should be asking who will retire in 2020.

Here are the prominent names.

1) Carla Suarez Navarro

Navarro announced on December 3, 2019 that she will be retiring in 2020 after playing a full season. She shared the news during a press conference at the Barcino Tennis Club.

The 31-year-old Spanish tennis player ranked career-high No. 6 in February 2016. Navarro played at the quarterfinals of the Australian thrice and French, and the US Opens twice.

Navarro said, “The sport has been a fundamental part of my life—it has given me immense joy and I cannot be more grateful for all the experiences that it has allowed me to live. … Tennis will always be in me.”

She has already won $11.58 million in career prize money.

2) Bryan brothers

The phenomenal doubles players are set to retire in 2020 as well. Bob and Mike announced their retirement last November following their US Open bid.

Dubbed as the most successful doubles partnership in the history of Open era, the Bryan brothers have a total of 118 trophies they won over 25 seasons of playing tennis. They have four Grand Slam titles and one Olympic gold medal.

From 2005 to 2017, the Bryan brothers were also awarded the fans’ Favourite Team at the ATP Tour. 

The twins turned 41 years old this year. They had a 1,102-358 record.

Moving forward

Federer faced serious challenges this 2019, two of which are Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic reclaimed the No. 1 spot and Nadal is closely trailing behind him.

Tennis analysts say that he would announce his retirement while or after playing at Roland Garros. Federer has been deliberately skipping the French Open despite being stronger at clay courts. 

His last match in Roland Garros was in 2015, against his perennial partner, Stan Wawrinka. This year, he sparked an interest in appearing in the clay courts once more.

Unfortunately, Federer was already feeling it as evident by big upsets on the initial rounds in the latter parts of 2019. He was finding difficulties maintaining the expected level of intensity from these rounds to the finals.

Unless he would win Grand Slam titles this year, the assumptions that 2020 is Federer’s last year of playing tennis won’t subside.

What about Serena Williams?

Or it should be Venus? She hasn’t won a Grand Slam, but she managed to win three matches on a major tournament. She lost four matches, though. She hasn’t appeared in the 50 since 2013.

Serena is, of course, a different story. In September, Serena claimed that she would retire from tennis in 20 years. 

Serena was having a hard time going back on track since she gave birth. But still, she has no plans of putting down her tennis racket—at least not anytime soon.

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Tennis Smash: 10 Tennis Players With the Best Overhead Play

Asking a specific question, including who has the best tennis smash is an issue of deep contemplation. A smash should be easy to evaluate compared with other tennis strokers—only it isn’t.

If you visit various tennis forums with fans answering the question, you will only have the same names. These are Roger ~ freaking awesome ~ Federer, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Pat Rafter, and Ken Rosewall, among others.

In a Match Charting Project that analysed more than 3,500 tennis matches, it came up with a list of the best smashes in tennis. The Project measures it by winner/win per smash (W/SM) ratio.

These are the tennis players with the best W/SM ratio as measured against the points won per smash or (PTS/SM).

1) Jo Tsonga | 78% W/SM | 90% PTS/SM

The best smasher in men’s tennis is Tsonga, winning a point 90% of the time he hit a smash. It was all about the quality of his overhead shots that won him an extra point every 600 points compared with other ATP players.

2) Tomas Berdych | 76% W/SM | 88% PTS/SM

Berdych’s best tennis plays involved a forehand smash. His smashes connect 76%of the time, earning him 88% points won for every smash.

3) Pete Sampras | 75% W/SM | 86% PTS/SM

Sampras hits 84% of the smash opportunities with 75% WSM. These hits convert to points 86% of the time. Other than Agassi, Sampras is the only tennis player to have consistent match rates. 

4) Roger Federer | 73% W/SM | 86% PTS/SM

Federer also hits 84% of the smash opportunities afforded to him, and he hits about 50% per smash opportunity. This could mean that the Fed’s smashes are more difficult than other players.

5) Jelena Jankovic | 73% W/SM | 83% PTS/SM

Jankovic is the leading women’s tennis players with the highest percentage of W/SM at 73%. A high percentage of her wins was because of a smash. She even used her famous forehand smash against Williams.

6) Serena Williams | 72% W/SM | 81% PTS/SM

Williams creates 72% wins for every smash she had, converting to 81% of points. 

7) Rafael Nadal | 69% W/SM | 84% PTS/SM

Nadal is the fifth men’s tennis player who creates 69% W/SM. His smashes convert to 84% of points. Again, it is also about the quality of his smashes that are able to generate more points for him.

8) Stefi Graf | 61% W/SM | 81% PTS/SM

When it comes to the quality of smashes, however, Graf holds dominance. She creates 61% W/SM that gives her 81% more points per smash. Her smashes are few, but they almost always convert to points.

9) Svetlana Kuznetsova | 70% W/SM | 79% PTS/SM

Kuznetsova wins tennis matches because of her 70% W/SM record. This converts to 79% points per smash.

10) Simona Halep | 66% W/SM | 76% PTS/SM

Halep’s known for her quick thinking and quicker responses on the court, giving her 66% wins per smash. About 76% of these converts to points.

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How Ridiculous Tennis Bad Boy Nick Kyrgios Can Get? This Is HOW

It’s important to find balance between Pokemon and training. ~~Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios.

The name itself conjures ugly sights and memories—perhaps the ugliest moments in tennis.

Who is Nick Kyrgios?

Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios is an Australian tennis player who turned pro in 2012. Kyrgios reached his highest ranking in October 2016 at No. 13. He was the highest-ranked Australian player men’s tennis singles. 

Kyrgios is the third player to upset Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic the first time he played against each. 

An admittedly aggressive player on the court, Kyrgios has six career titles.

While fans adored him for his character, it is also the same reason why spectators and the media loathe Kyrgios.

He has a reputation for being hot-tempered, but these are some of the most ridiculous things he did so far.

Threw a chair onto the court

In May 2019, after a losing match against Casper Ruud at the Italian Open, Kyrgios threw a fit quite literally. 

He smashed his racket, kicked a water bottle, threw the chair, and shouted at the spectators. He did all these after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called on him.

Kyrgios was disqualified and fined $25,000.

Picked a fight with Stan Wawrinka

One for the books, Kyrgios told Wawrinka that his friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis banged his girlfriend during their 2015 Rogers Cup match. 

He was even heard saying that Wawrinka was “banging 18-year-olds.”

Kyrgios was fined ($13,127) and given penalties ($32,818). He was also banned at the ATP tours for 28 days. 

He said that he already apologized. But Wawrinka denied any apols from Kyrgios.

Admitted tanking at least eight tournaments

Kyrgios has always been accused of tanking or deliberately playing less of his abilities since 2015. He usually does so when his opponent was not that popular. He was even booed for such on-court behaviour one time.

In 2017, he admitted that he did tank when he would rather be doing something else than playing tennis.

At one time also, he openly discussed his lack of interest in tennis. He does not love the sports at all; he’s not the guy who belongs to “one-percenters” or those who are more dedicated and want to get better at it.

Asked for a beer during a match

Kyrgios loves his beer. In Wimbledon 2019, Rafael Nadal who he once called ‘salty’ beat him in the second round because he was out the night before (with journalists) drinking.

But what happened at the 2017 French Open after losing to Kevin Anderson after four sets was unforgettable.

He smashed several rackets before asking a fan for a bottle of beer. Kyrgios reportedly said, “Get me a beer now… Get me one now.”

While stepping out the court, he did not sign a single autograph. He was caught sating “it’s a joke.”

Clashed with umpire Fergus Murphy

During a Cincinnati Masters match, Kyrgios attacked Murphy when the umpire called his attention for taking too much time serving.

The Aussie did not like it, calling Murphy the “worst referee in the game.” He also referred to the umpire as a “f***ing tool.” It was also reported that he spit at the umpire.

He proceeded with smashing two rackets. 

Kyrgios was fined $25,000 and received a 16-week suspension. He was also fined $113,000 for five other cases of unsportsmanlike conduct following the Cincinnati Masters incident.

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