Will Novak Djokovic be world No. 1 from start to finish for another year and add to his Slam total? Will Roger Federer complete his trophy case with Olympic gold in singles? And will anyone from the younger generation step out and take a major? It’s hard to believe but the new tennis season is just a few weeks away now – and we can’t wait!
There is much to look forward to in 2016, and here are six storylines on the ATP World Tour we’re looking forward to following:
Novak Djokovic’s continued dominance
The world No. 1 had one of the best seasons in the history of the game this year, and Djokovic has shown no signs of slowing down. It will be interesting to see what his follow-up season looks like and though it’ll be tough to repeat his epic feats of 2015, if anyone can do it, it’s Djokovic. We can’t wait to see what he can do in 2016.
Roger Federer goes for gold at Rio
Federer has won just about everything one can win in tennis – except an Olympic gold in singles. As the tennis legend gears up to play potentially his last Olympic Games, all eyes will be on him as he goes for gold. His quest will surely be just one of many exciting storylines to emerge from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next August.
Next generation resurgence
After some breakthroughs in 2014, with Marin Cilic winning the US Open, Kei Nishikori reaching a Slam final, and Milos Raonic the Wimbledon semifinals, the generation of players just below the Big Four stagnated a bit this season. We’ll be looking to see if they can rebound in 2016 and put a dent in the ongoing stranglehold that Djokovic, Federer, Murray, and Nadal continue to have on the ATP World Tour.
Andy Murray’s Davis Cup boost
Andy Murray accomplished one of his biggest goals of the season by winning Davis Cup for Great Britain last month. The question will be if it can buoy him to even better things in 2016, like another major as he’s looking for his first Slam since Wimbledon in 2013. Djokovic famously went on a tear in 2011 and reached world No. 1 for the first time after he won Davis Cup with Serbia – let’s see if Murray’s victory can do the same for him.
Bryan brothers quest for another Slam
This season was the first since 2004 that the Bryan brothers didn’t win at least one major. In fact, they were also dethroned from the No. 1 spot, with Brazil’s Marcelo Melo currently atop the doubles world rankings. At age 37, their best years may be behind them, but we hope the popular twins (who did win Rogers Cup presented by National Bank this summer!) can regain some glory in 2016.
Rise of the teenagers
It’s been a while since players still in their teens have made noise on the ATP circuit. Right now, there are four teenagers in the Top 100 – No. 44 Borna Coric, No. 51 Hyeon Chung, No. 80 Thanasi Kokkinakis, and No. 83 Alexander Zverev. There is plenty of talent within that quartet and all have been touted as potential future stars. Will any of them be able to make a dent and go on a deep run at a major or win a big title in 2016?