The year 2017 in men’s tennis was a new-era mess, a new-level mess, a Next Gen mess, as reflected in the final Top 10 rankings.
Last year was considered a mess as Rafa barely finished in the Top 10 and Federer shut down his year after the Olympics. The Tennis-X year-end winner picked 8 of the Top 10 last year.
This year? The winner picked an all-time low 6 of the Top 10 in a year that favorites Tomas Berdych and Nick Kyrgios crapped the bed, and Jack Sock and Pablo Carreno Busta, who virtually no one picked (one person we think picked Sock?) finished in the Top 10.
Oh, and David Goffin.
“After 2 years of picking Goffin to be in the top 10, I’m not falling for it a 3rd time,” said RZ upon submitting in this year’s contest. You were ahead of your time!
Djokovic and Murray’s injuries dropped them out of the Top 10 and further decimated the year-end Top 10. Milos Raonic? Again, change the sheets. Put a diaper on that Canadian.
Grigor Dimitrov? Makes sense now with 20/20 hindsight, but maybe 1 or 2 entrants had him in their Top 10.
Five entrants tied with six correctly picked out the the final Top 10 — lakie, John Bullock, former champion Jac Shivam, Mridu7, and Sinha71.
Of the six, for the tiebreaker only one picked any single player in their correct year-end Top 10 position — No. 9 Stan Wawrinka. That was JAQ SHIVAM, who becomes the first-ever repeat winner in the Tennis-X Year-end Top 10 Contest, and second year winning in a row!
TENNIS-X TOP 10 YEAR-END HALL OF FAME
2017 Jaq Shivam
2016 Jaq Shivam
ATP YEAR-END 2017 TOP 10
1. Rafael Nadal
2. Roger Federer
3. Grigor Dimitrov
4. Alexander Zverev
5. Dominic Thiem
6. Marin Cilic
7. David Goffin
8. Jack Sock
9. Stan Wawrinka
10. Pablo Carreno Busta
1 Andy Murrey
2 Milos Raonic
3 Novak Djokovic
4 Rafael Nadal
5 Kei Nishikori
6 Alexander Zverev
7 Roger Federer
8 Dominic Theim
9 Stan Wawrinka
10 Marin Cilic
It almost seemed as if Jaq used a computer algorithm for his picks as he added with his entry, “If anyone replace each other than it may be Stan Wawrinka with Jack Sock 85% or Nick Kargious 15% [sic].”
Or maybe he is a computer! Komputers like to mispell thingz.
Regardless, congratulations to Jaq Shivam, who can contact the X-webmaster with his mailing address to receive the illustrious and fabulous prize package. Well done!
See everyone soon for the 2018 contest (look for it) in a couple days.
Happy holidays — Tennis-X staff
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