Professional tennis has never been more diverse, at least at the top of the men’s game. (Red Photographic)
Professional tennis has never been more diverse—at least as far as the top of the men’s game is concerned.
The ATP tour announced earlier this week that for the first time in its 44-year rankings history, 10 different countries are represented in the year-end Top 10. Those nations are Scotland (Andy Murray); Serbia (Novak Djokovic); Canada (Milos Raonic); Switzerland (Stan Wawrinka); Japan (Kei Nishikori); Croatia (Marin Cilic); France (Gael Monfils); Austria (Dominic Thiem); Spain (Rafael Nadal) and the Czech Republic (Tomas Berdych).
The highest-ranking American is No. 19 John Isner.
The WTA nearly has the same distinction. Aside from Americans Serena Williams and Madison Keys—No. 2 and No. 8, respectively—the other eight women in the Top 10 are of different descent. The countries represented at the top of the women’s game, in addition to America, are Germany (Angelique Kerber); Poland (Agnieszka Radwanska); Romania (Simona Halep); Slovakia (Dominika Cibulkova); the Czech Republic (Karolina Pliskova); Spain (Garbine Muguruza); Russia (Svetlana Kuznetsova) and the United Kingdom (Johanna Konta).
The ATP and WTA seasons have concluded, and only the Davis Cup final remains on the calendar before the offseason officially begins. Croatia, seeking its second career title, will host Argentina—which has never won a Davis Cup title—this weekend in Zagreb.
Juan Martin del Potro will lead the Argentinian team. The Croats are led by Cilic.