The final tennis tournament of the year is upon us. The season ends with a bang, in a Master 1000 event under the bright indoor lights of Paris, France.
The final lead-up events, to the year-end Masters Series event in Paris, take place in Switzerland and Austria this week. Everything stays indoors and as fans, we get some fast tracks, conducive to big serves and big forehands.
The hard sprint to the end of the season begins this week. With the Asian swing complete the tour heads to Europe to play some indoor tennis to finish the year. This week fans are graced with three separate events across the continent.
This years event looks well attended, with only Nadal and Isner from the top 10 not appearing. Those big names are joined by all the young stars on tour, including the Russian Three, Shapovalov, Chung, Tsitsipas, DeMinaur and Coric.
The Asian Swing continues with two bigger, 500 level, events this week in Beijing and Tokyo, as we build toward the premier tournament in the Far East next week.
The two tournaments on tap to kick things off in the far east are both relatively new. This is only the third edition in Chengdu and only the fifth edition in Shenzhen.
The first events, post US Open, to get the fall indoor season underway, are in St.Petersburg, Russia and Metz, France; two of the more picturesque, historical cities on the tour.
The U.S. Open, held annually in Flushing Meadows, NY, is one of the oldest tennis tournaments on the planet and the only grand slam event to employ final set tiebreakers.
Who is there? Who actually wants to play tennis? Two key questions that need to be answered before diving into who is going to win in the event before the US Open.