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Top 10 [Tennis] Rankings Corrections and how the 2024 Wimbledon Championships tightened the Top 5 Players on both the WTA and ATP tours

Over the past near 21 days the unfolding of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships has taken place from the lead up to the aftermath and with equally polarising results and yet still those players that are compounded by the data and how the past season has continued to unfold has been cause for a much needed realignment. A cautionary tale here is in respect to being mindful of the past season — 12 months until now, as if we only consider the current season and how the results have unfolded, then there’s a significant gap between the anticipated and what has more recently unfolded.

The beginning of the Championships noted the respective seedings take place on the Women’s and Men’s sides of the draw, as is typical, but what’s interesting here is in fact how the pending reshuffle of the rankings on both the WTA and ATP tours has been widely discussed on Beyond Top 10 Tennis this season with 50% of current Top 10 players not correlating with their ranking. In other words, their results do not align with those of a player ranked inside the Top 10. Most importantly, this is across both the WTA and ATP tours. What’s even more interesting, is that the ATP tour rankings started to correct themselves roughly 2-3 months ago as the clay-court season really triggered some key players to amp up their game and get back in action. The same can’t be said for the WTA tour which has now only corrected itself but there is still a margin of error for those who remain not in alignment with a Top 10 ranking.

To better clarify these rankings, it’s important to showcase how the 2024 Wimbledon Championships unveiled and impacted those inside the Top 10. On the WTA tour, there were only 9 active seeds due to Sabalenka withdrawing after the draw had been announced. Of these 9 seeds, only 3 made the Round of 16 or further — Gauff, Rybakina and Paolini. Importantly, these 3 players have remained inside the 8% across the past 2-3 seasons. Despite. Swiatek falling in the 3rd Round, as the reigning French Open Champion, Swiatek’s results this season have equally been in this category and Sabalenka closely follows, however, not too close. The updated WTA rankings post Wimbledon does in fact afford a better depiction of the Top 5 and resonated with the data. Noteworthy, players ranked inside the Top 10 but outside the Top 5 do not all align with these metrics. Whilst Krejcikova is the newly crowned Wimbledon Champion, she is deserving of her place inside the Top 10. However, if her results do not follow across the hard-court season she is more suceptible to regress. Either way, Krejcikova is a part of the 2% vulnerable to regressing outside the Top 10.

The other player inside the Top 10 and suceptible of regressing would be Sakkari given her results this season do in fact align with a Top 10 ranking — albeit not at the Grand Slam level, but she has a level of consistency ahead of other players inside this range. Collins is now more firmly inside the Top 10 and she was prior to Roland Garros before slightly being pushed out, but Collins’ performance does in fact correlate with a Top 10 ranking this season. Not quite Top 5, but Top 10 does resonate with her level of play. That leaves Pegula and Zheng.

Unfortunately, whilst Pegula has had some time off this season, her results simply do not correlate with a Top 10 ranking and haven’t all season with the exception to her maiden grass-court title prior to Wimbledon. Sure, Zheng was a Finalist at the 2024 Australian Open but her results have continued to underperform since this peak performance. Two players who have in fact been tracking this season are Ostapenko and Kasatkina. Both of these players have been performing better than those who are not correlating with their current ranking. That said, Ostapenko has been inside the Top 10 this season and does deserve to become a barrier breaker again. That leaves 1 place up for grabs for players who do in fact correlate with that Top 10 ranking and can be placed inside the 8% in contrast to the aforementioned 2%. And who would that be? That’s the elusive question to unfold for the rest of the season, but there are two primary players who are tracking with similar if not greater consistency than Kasatkina — Keys, a former barrier breaker for a number of seasons, and Navarro, a standout player so far this season along with a handful of players who continue to find that new baseline. Not quite as consistent as Paolini, but has surpassed the likes of Kostyuk and Kalinskaya. Whilst Samsonova is closing in on the Top 10, both Keys and Navarro have the greater potential and as far as the data is concerned and clear indicators of a player’s capacity to correlate with a Top 10 ranking — these are clear signs.

As such, the WTA tour still has a slight correction to unfold and the current Top 10 rankings post Wimbledon, whilst improved, does not fully align with current player performances, baselines and/or key metrics.

When it comes to the ATP tour the correction started to take place at the beginning of the 2024 season when the likes of Tsitsipas, Fritz and Rune were pushed out of the Top 10 and De Minaur, Dimitrov and Ruud became barrier breakers. Whilst Dimitrov and Ruud have both been inside this key ranking range previously, it was De Minaur who remains the sole newcomer this season. Interestingly, both Tsitsipas and Fritz have briefly progressed back inside the Top 10 this season but neither have been able to maintain their place and as such were clearly denoted inside the 2%. Those inside this key marker now are Dimitrov and Ruud despite their more successful clay-court season and Dimitrov continuing to maintain his peak baseline. The only player at this stage inside the Top 10 who does not correlate with this key range is Rublev and due to his on-court behaviour of late, he undoubtedly deserves a suspension in some way, shape or form to ensure physical self-harm is not accepted nor tolerated.

Noteworthy, when considering recent player performances it is in fact Fritz who has been finding his feet once again. It is equally important to note that Fritz has a peak baseline that fluctuates and is cyclical whereby he peaks and then there’s a drop off in his level of play before he peaks again. Fortunately for Fritz, this new cycle started just prior to Wimbledon before falling short to Musetti. Either way, the results speak for themselves and a true ranking correction on the ATP tour will include Fritz with Paul the second ‘new’ barrier breaker potentially this season. As far as the Top 5 are concerned, alike the WTA tour these are true depictions of current levels of play. The same can be said for the 8% if Fritz replaced Rublev. Interestingly, if Fritz is factored into the equation and due to his cyclical baseline, he would then be placed inside the 2% and Ruud would be pushed then into the 8%.


What’s even more interesting and why the correction of the ATP rankings remains true — prior to Wimbledon, in contrast to the WTA rankings, is that where the WTA had 3 of their Top 9 inside the Round of 16 — make that 4 if factoring the Top 10 seeds (i.e. Collins seeded 11 with Sabalenka’s 3rd Seed void), 7 players progressed to the Round of 16 and of those 7 players, they all lost to a Top 10 player if Fritz is granted that Top 10 ranking. Of these players, 5 progressed to the  in contrast to the WTA tour and only 2 of these players Rybakina and Paolini, progressed beyond the Round of 16 to the semi-finals and finals respectively.

What’s perhaps even more interesting is that Sinner continues his No.1 reign despite succumbing in the quarterfinals. Alcaraz secured back-to-back Grand Slams and still remains as No. 3. What’s even more wild is that Djokovic who is yet to win a title all season, continues his hold on the No. 2 ranking, however, both Alcaraz and Djokovic defended thier points from the 2023 Championships. Rublev, Hurkacz and Ruud did not pass the 2nd Round at best and still they remain inside the Top 10. That’s even more questionable. Pegula and Zheng were the only players on the WTA tour to fall in these earlier rounds and why they’ve also been flagged as not correlating with a Top 10 ranking. And whilst Rublev has equally been noted as not correlating with a Top 10 ranking, both Hurkacz and Ruud have had reasonable form this season but that 2% on the ATP tour is in fact ‘wider’ than on the WTA tour. In other words, more players on the ATP tour are more suceptible to being displaced in contrast to the WTA tour. The irony here is that is was the opposite merely a few weeks ago before the correction stared to take place, and now there are more vulnerable players on the ATP tour as the WTA tour is now tightening its ranks.

But to be clear, this is only applicable if the aforementioned Top 10 comes to fruition to align with a players current level of play which also accounts for a handful of players on both the WTA and ATP tours being displaced — regressing outside the Top 10 and to be replaced by one or more of those that have been named.

For a greater breakdown of player results across the 2024 Wimbledon Championships you’ll need to hold off until next week. Whilst I was hoping to ‘cram’ that all into one post, it turns out there were a lot more intricate details to divulge and discuss around Top 10 rankings, how these rankings have interchanges so far this season and the role of corrections pre-French Open and post-Wimbledon have started to shed new light on those players who truly have been holding onto that 8% as well as those who reside inside the 2% and remain susceptible to levelling out. Of course, the 8% is directly correlated with the 8 Keys and the prerequisite to a Top 10 ranking remains in the 7 Keys. The same can be said for those who have their eyes on becoming a barrier breaker — for the first time or to cross the threshold once again.

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The Final 8 of Roland Garros Explained, the Top 10 to Expectations, [TENNIS] Players in their Prime to who’s next in line for a Grand Slam

Last week we just touched the surface on essentially what we were really able to witness throughout the 2024 French Open with only a handful of players highlighted with so much more depth to come. As promised, this week it’s time to dive into a little more detail to really showcase the depth of the field and players that did not progress to the finals, however, still made an impressive appearance in the final eight. Needless to say, at the Grand Slam level it really is in part the luck of the draw that allows the eventual Champion to cross the line. That said, it is also incredibly clear that this 2024 French Open was not the case on the woman’s side of the draw with the eventual Champion within millimetres of bowing out in the 2nd Round due to her opponent and the quality of play demanded.

Swiatek entered Roland Garros as almost a clear favourite. It would be incredibly unfair not to have placed Sabalenka in the top two with the potential to claim her third Grand Slam. By all accounts, whilst this wasn’t the case and we know the outcome and what unfolded, Sabalenka was still incredibly close to progressing to the finals if her health was maintained. The likes of Gauff to Collins and Sakkari were also incredibly underrated going into the second Grand Slam of the season and whilst Collins and Sakkari had earlier than anticipated exits it was remarkably surprising that there was limited traction around Gauff when she herself had previously been a finalist at Roland Garros and remains the reigning US Open champion.

On a similar front, Zverev was equally as underrated due to the likes of Tsitsipas and Ruud being more favoured on the clay and having slightly more success in the lead up to the French Open. It would be incredibly unfair, however, to say that Zverev what’s not a favourite to at least progress towards the semi-finals as our data indicated due to his level of consistency and rate of success essentially over the last near 10 Years. Take a moment to comprehend the enormity of this level of success and due to the likes of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, predominantly being in the limelight throughout these years, followed by the likes of Murray and Wawrinka to even Del Potro when it comes to Grand Slam play, Zverev was always a part of the Top 10 pushing these players to their limits but was never able to capitalise against these respective games. Of course, Zverev came incredibly close when faced against Thiem in the US Open finals only a handful of years ago when his game really looked like it was at its absolute prime and a Grand Slam title had his name on it. Not since that very occasion has Zverev had the chance to claim is maiden Grand Slam and progressed to the finals with a good chance of potentially coming away with the win due to Alcaraz’s questionable level of play leading up to Roland Garros.

Which brings us to Alcaraz. Without a doubt Sinner was by far the favourite player when faced against Alcaraz in the semi-finals, however, the five setter really did live up to its potential. The irony was in the level of play Sinner was capable of, and in his metrics throughout the 2024 season that highlighted the power of his corresponding data that also pinpointed Sinner to claim his maiden Grand Slam title at this years Australian Open. In contrast, Alcaraz has not had the same level of quality of play throughout the 2024 season and it could very well be argued that Sinner and his level of play is equal to, and or greater than, the level of play that Alcaraz delivered throughout the 2023 season. It was somewhat surprising then on one hand for Alcaraz to regain his form from the previous season just in time for the French Open but truth be told given that Alcaraz progressed past the Round of 16 at the 2024 Australian Open this was a positive metric that worked in his favour to progress this French Open. Of course, it could also be argued — as has been shared on Beyond Top 10 Tennis that Alcaraz’s level of play between then, and now, did not reach a consistent baseline, but essentially skewed his metrics for the first half of the season.

Interestingly, the same can be said for Djokovic who was not expected to progress to the quarter-final stage of Roland Garros. However, it is equal counts irony to absurd to not factor Djokovic in as a potential Champion and on that logic, Djokovic was of course a contender for the 2024 French Open. Of equal interest is the fact that no one was talking about Zverev who, in fact, happened to be the player to defeat Alcaraz at this years Australian Open. Going off this level of play and with Zverev having relative success, including a clay title leading up to Roland Garros, he was one of the dark horses with the greatest potential to lift his maiden Grand Slam trophy. Add to the equation both Tsitsipas and Ruud who were both favoured as former Grand Slam finalists and yet they were both dismantled by the eventual contenders prior to their way to the finals. And this is what really separated the level of play between these four players with Djokovic being removed from contention due to withdrawing against Ruud who was the favourite player — also against Zverev due to his fresher legs and a heightened level of success in the lead up to Roland Garros.

Nonetheless, it was Zverev in four sets whilst on the other half of the draw, it would not have been surprising if Sinner walked away with a win in three clean sets against Alcaraz due to his level of play this season that aligns with his Number 1 status. And that’s what really makes Alcaraz stand out — despite this level he really amped up his game and switched it to familiar level that we had not witnessed since his triumphs during the 2022-2023 seasons.

Before we head on back over to the woman’s side, there are two final players that progressed to the quarter-finals that deserve a noteworthy applause. One of those players is Dimitrov who quietly progressed to the final eight, but what’s more interesting is that he was also incredibly underrated. Despite his Top 10 ranking, Dimitrov is having one of his best seasons to date becoming a barrier breaker years after he initially cracked into the Top 10 and he already has additional titles to his name this season. Whilst he is merely a handful of years younger than Djokovic, he remains a number of years ahead of all other players at this stage of the draw. Not only has Dimitrov raised his level of play, he was also projected, courtesy of the data to progress to, at the very least, the Round of 16 with an overwhelming chance to progress to this stage of the Grand Slam. However, Dimitrov flew under the radar due to the other names primarily being placed in the spotlight.

The second player that deserves an overwhelming shout out is De Minaur. What’s most exciting about De Minaur is that our data projected Alex to progress to this stage of the French open, however, not necessarily to move beyond. And this really highlights the power of our data. This is also complimentary to Alex’s climb to become a barrier breaker this season – a key metric that our data predicted, courtesy of our predictive analytics, more than two seasons ago. And this is what I absolutely love about my work, the work that I do, and why I have dedicated the last 20 Years of my life around this work — reinforcing why I continue to do so to allow players such as Alex a window of opportunity, but more than that — the realness to how to make those dreams a reality, and why AM8 International is the only place worldwide that is privy to these data sets. Why? Because this is the data that I have pooled, I have built, I have designed, and what I continued to deliver on in 11 Books and counting. Of course, to learn more about my work and the continued implications across the tennis world simply continue listening to Beyond Top 10 Tennis and reviewing and visiting the work at AM8 International and be sure to read up on my 12 Books to date with the next one currently in the works.

But before we finish our final eight key players of the 2024 French Open, the woman’s tour deserves an additional spotlight. Not only did Andreeva set the bar incredibly high for herself, her progress over the past 12 months has been incredibly impressive. Nonetheless, this has been cautioned against and ideally Andreeva will progress to a handful of Round of 16 results at the Grand Slam level prior to progressing to the finals.

Whilst a semi-final performance is beyond what our analytics shared, it is without a doubt that due to Andreeva’s age and her rapid-fire results that she is, in fact, an anomaly as previously shared and that these players do exist and why we caution players that may happen to appear to be, or become an anomaly to tread carefully to ensure this level of play, and the corresponding results, can be sustained in the years ahead, in contrast to peaking too soon and regressing quite dramatically.

One player who is yet to be touched on, but was discussed last week was the rise of Paolini. Whilst not so much an anomaly, in contrast to Andreeva, it would have been anticipated for Paolini to progress to the quarter-finals and for that to be in incredible accomplishment, whilst progressing to a potential semi-final to final at the later part of the 2024 season in contrast to now. As such, this year’s French Open will undoubtedly be one of the stellar highlights of Paolini’s career and ‘one of’ for good reason if Paolini maintains her current trajectory as she’s now prime to claim her maiden Grand Slam. In order to do so, Paolini will need to upkeep her current level of play and build on it to replicate these results. But if this current season is anything to go by, Paolini’s results continue to outweigh those of other players who have recently reached the finalist stage of a Grand Slam due to her complementary results to date this season. In simple terms, Paolini is on the Grand Slam radar and won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

To top off the eight players to align with the discussion on the men’s tour, there are in fact a number of players on the women’s tour who were not essentially favoured to reach the quarter-final stage despite their ranking. From Vondrousova to Jabeur, neither of these players were essentially expected to reach this stage of the Grand Slam and it was impressive for both to do so. Vondousova was more favoured over Jabeur, but when weighing Grand Slam metrics alone this can almost be discarded. And whilst their respective match outcomes were very different in respect to the scoreline, their opponents were also equally different when considering the result between Swiatek and Gauff — both players taking the win against Vondrousova and Jabeur, respectively. The other player that has yet to be touched on is Rybakina who was potentially predicted to progress to the semi-final stage, however, it also would not have been surprising if Rybakina fell at the Round of 16 due to her inconsistent performances this season primarily being the result of her health opposed to her results. And this is a near alarming statistic.

If Rybakina can, in fact, maintain her level of play in alignment with good health then she is in fact poised to claim her second Grand Slam title.

This Grand Slam, however, it was Paolini who was the better player despite the match going to three relatively tight sets. What really was the profound outcome of this match was that Paolini’s level of play and her ability to get the win against Rybakina really placed her in a healthy position with a fighting chance against Swiatek. By all accounts, we do know the scoreline that unfolded in the finals, but also the level of play Paolini was able to deliver and that the scoreline does not do that justice. Either way, it really is Swiatek that is incredibly deserving of multiple applauses given that not only was she able to overcome Osaka and win from match point down, she essentially was able to lift her game throughout the following rounds and for the most part maintain that level of play with her greatest challenge thereafter being against Gauff in the second set.

On a final note, Osaka is without a doubt one of a handful of players to watch in the latter half of the 2024 season and if our predictive analytics are anything to go by, it will not be surprising if in fact it is Osaka who progresses to the Round of 16 come Wimbledon — or further, and potentially the quarter-finals or further come the US Open due to her current level of play and trajectory. The same can also be said for Collins but at a different level due to Osaka’s previous Grand Slam success but don’t be fooled — Collins is a Grand Slam finalist and may very well be next in line to cap off her final season on tour with a maiden Crown.

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How the 2024 French Open separated Top 10 Tennis Players and closed the Gap between Others plus lessons for the 2024 Olympics

As the red clay settles and the noise becomes that little bit quieter, the grass beckons for those who have had time for their losses to settle and tackle a new surface with renewed hope of a better performance. Yet the tide is still high for the Champions of the 2024 French Open as their new silverware finds a new place to call home. For whilst there are only two who left triumphant with these titles, there are many more who should indeed be proud of their accomplishments to performances that really should signal a highlight of their 2024 season.

The Champions are known and yet there were some surprises. Recall that anomalies do exist and this Roland Garros was no exception. Sure, there have been much greater anomalies but the ones this French Open were not as shocking as perhaps some may have had you believe. Andreeva had been progressing and if Grand Slam statistics were to be gauged, this was almost expected – a Round of 16 in contrast to a semi-final but then again, the nerves to the health of her opponents simply can’t be collated and they’re akin to environmental factors that happen to the best.

Of course, Sabalenka was favoured to progress to the Finals to have a third straight showdown against Swiatek and to really battle it out for their next respective Grand Slam title. But again, the data favoured Swiatek almost all season as Sabalenka’s performance only started to ‘track’ come Madrid and Rome. Swiatek on the other hand had started to track essentially after her earlier exit at the Australian Open. Sabalenka did progress further at the French in contrast to Swiatek at the Australian Open but what happened between is where it gets quite juicy.

Zheng was a first time Finalist at the start of the season and was somewhat of a surprise. Then again, she was coming off a maiden Quarter-Final at the US Open. Still, this was a rapid-fire climb and as anticipated by the data, Zheng’s performance has been lacklustre since this performance peak due to the data capturing key setbacks and essentially the downside of these rapid-fire results. In contrast, Paolini reached the Round of 16 of the Australian Open and continued to progress throughout the season – that is, until the French Open. With a ranking that continued to progress to a high of 13 and now a barrier breaker after her Finalist result, a Quarter-Final would have been anticipated by Paolini if her season had not been spurred with such impressive results. Nonetheless, this still remains an anomaly but not as much as Andreeva’s peak performance

And then there was Gauff who went under the radar all season long given that Swiatek to Collins were capturing the limelight. But what many forgot to note is that Gauff in fact consistently was showing up late in these events and at the Semi-Final stage quite frequently. It would not have been surprising if Gauff did in fact take out Swiatek but then again, Swiatek at Roland Garros has steadily become a formidable force.

Whilst there is so much more to discuss and dissect, these four players on the WTA tour represent key expectations per the data – the anticipated calibre of play of a Top 10 player at 50%, 25% the anomaly in Andreeva, and 25% the player who simply had been playing akin to the Top 10 throughout the season. 

Which brings us to a key point raised in the Top 10 on both the WTA and ATP tours – only 50% of players inside the Top 10 had been living up to their ranking expectation all season. Yes, it has been said time and time again that 50% of the current Top 10 were not performing at the level of a Top 10 player. As such, players ranked outside the Top 10 but inside the Top 20 had greater scope to become a barrier breaker this season. Zheng after her Finalist result — but her performance has not been aligned with a Top 10 baseline; Collins becoming a barrier breaker shortly before the French started with a Top 10 baseline and Ostapenko earlier this season became a barrier breaker after having a super start to the season before reaching a performance plateau and now is hovering outside the Top 10. Paolini then by all accounts was anticipated to become a barrier breaker this season, but perhaps not as soon as now. Either way, her performance and results this reason are better than 50% of the Top 10 prior to the French Open.

And that’s an important point to note – these insights are prior to the French Open and the new rankings released this week.

When it comes to the men there aren’t as many anomalies to note and/or discuss but rather the level of consistency of some of these Top 10 players that simply has fluctuated between the Australian Open to the commencement of the French Open that weakened the respective data to what was potentially to come. The Top 3 players – Djokovic, Sinner and Alcaraz all had question marks around their overall performance. Djokovic was without a title – the longest he’s been in quite some time at this stage of the season. Alcaraz had an ailment he was resting in the lead up and Sinner also had an ailment but wasn’t away for as much time. Out of these 3 players, Sinner was the player with the best results to date this season. And that’s the catch – this season, not last or the one before that. Sinner was favoured to claim his second Grand Slam and second this season if he was able to maintain his level of play. But then again, Alcaraz had been idling at his side and simply was able to capitalise with more rest under his belt.

Djokovic is in fact the anomaly this Grand Slam due to his withdrawal but also that he was able to reach the Quarter-Finals and back up some lengthy match wins with another. Some may say Zverev was the anomaly but I’ll disagree. Zverev has consistently been inside the Top 5 when Federer, Nadal and Djokovic were at their respective peaks and/or still Top 10 players respectively. Zverev was ahead of Tsitsipas and slightly behind Thiem. Then Tsitsipas peaked and Zverev fell behind, same with Medvedev then Rublev came along. But Zverev was always there. Sure, Hurkacz and Dimitrov have since come to the party, but Zverev has been showing up. Medvedev was anticipated to go further, but then again, De Minaur was projected to reach the Quarter-Final stage and only one could walk away with the win. Similar to Medvedev, Zverev just shows up and keeps his level of play in tact. Unfortunately, Alcaraz came along and crashed that limelight and then Sinner, too, with these two newcomers now leading the charge – 1 and 2 respectively post Roland Garros. But Zverev is still holding strong and arguably it really came down to the mentally stronger opponent and the player with that added bit of flair in their game which really handed Alcaraz his third Grand Slam – a huge accomplishment.

No, this wasn’t necessarily anticipated due to Alcaraz’s current season. But going off Grand Slam metrics over the past 24-36 months, this was by all accounts expected. The truth is in the data.

In respect to the ATP tour rankings, the Top 10 has strengthened and yet also, all players inside the Quarter-Finals were Top 10 players if assuming De Minaur was Top 10 (already this season, however was seeded 11 during the Open). This was not the same for the WTA tour with 3 external Top 10 players – Paolini, perhaps similar to De Minaur, but then also Gracheva and Andreeva. Indeed, the WTA had more earlier upsets than the ATP with the likes of Collins and Keys running on highs and falling early. On the men’s it was Rubelv – seeded 6, who fell earlier than anticipate whilst seeds 6, 7, 9 and 10 – Sakkari, Zheng, Ostapenko and Kasatkina fell prior to or at the third round stage like Rublev.

There’s a lot to dissect at the Grand Slam level but also results that were anticipated to those that weren’t and the anomalies and how they factor into the performance spectrum. A lot of this can be reviewed on Beyond Top 10 Tennis and Episodes 88 to 96 that were Special Editions exclusively for the 2024 French Open. 

But this isn’t the end of the clay season as Paris 2024 is just around the corner. It’s an incredible mix for the players – some with a second chance for redemption, others to add that Gold to their illustrious career, and others to cement their place in the history books at an early age. Whilst it’s too soon to share insights on who’s favoured to conquer and who’s not in the running to what the data really says, I’m going to keep quiet until after Wimbledon to better gauge how much time a player may have to prepare to how they’re tracking over this 6 to 8 week period to more finely tune the collective analysis and better explain why ‘this’ player is set, or why ‘another’ player is not primed for a podium finish. But then again, crazy things often happen at the Olympics and rarely do Top 10 players secure Gold, Silver and Bronze. And there’s an irony in that, too. One thing is for sure, and that is the Olympics favour the anomaly as the pressure really takes a hold of the favoured and often it becomes all too much whilst the underdog quietly makes their way through to land on the podium. But if you’ve also been following Beyond Top 10 Tennis and read my latest release “How to Develop a Top 10 Tennis Ranking” then you also know the key behind Olympic success and how the 2024 Wimbledon Champions are more likely to not be the defending Champions this season.

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The Countdown towards Roland Garros 2024, Swiatek’s Mantle and Tennis Players in Contention

This week on Beyond Top 10 Tennis specific players inside the Top 10 on both the WTA and ATP tours were highlighted for various reasons with an emphasis placed on whether or not they were or were not in the running for the second Grand Slam of the season. With Swiatek’s success over the last couple of weeks, it is easy to forget how both Collins and Sakkari have been surging ahead in their own rights and how Sabalenka was with a Championship point to claim the title in Madrid. What Swiatek has been able to accomplish over the best part of the last 6 to 8 weeks plus is nothing shy of remarkable as her statistics continue to climb. This is a timely reminder, however, for each and every one of you that breakthrough’s do happen we do see these players come through at the French which means Swiatek’s next Slam is definitely under threat.

Nevertheless, Swiatek isn’t anything less favourite but Sabalenka has come incredibly close in the past fortnight despite Swiatek taking an even greater advantage in Rome. If anything, it is a timely reminder of how exciting the level and depth of play is on the WTA tour irrespective of the contradictions. Not since the likes of Serena v Venus, or Serena v Azarenka, or Serena succumbing to the level of play from Kerber, Halep to Osaka have we seen this level of play. This isn’t to say that this level has not existed, rather when Serena was at her peak these players were able to deliver on at least one or more occasions on the biggest stages in the world. 

Sure, we’ve had a handful of other players deliver over this time but no one has come close to the level of play that Serena brought to life, or for that fact, Federer, Nadal to even Djokovic still, that we have been privy to a player of not simply this level but also how the rivalries continue to keep coming.

Swiatek is not alone. But her statistics do not lie. Sabalenka is close and so is Gauff and Rybakina but Swiatek continues to lead the charge. Yet, it is the closeness of these matches and the continued depth of all four of these players, that relatively align, that are delivering that next level of play. And still, Swiatek stands tall. It’s easy to forget that Swiatek is only 22 and Gauff 20 with both Rybakina and Sabalenka slightly ahead — 24 and 26 respectively, still mere years apart yet not by much. But neither of these players had accomplished this level of success at this age. Gauff is still within reach. But that’s not what this is about.

Whether 22 or 32 it’s the fact of what the data runs home. From heightened performances at Indian Wells to Miami followed by Madrid to Rome, Swiatek is all in. Sakkari and Collins are in the mix. Rybakina has continued to show when her health has been in check. However, Sabalenka only started to deliver in Madrid whereas her previous peak level of play can be tracked back to her Australian Open Win. And that’s what counts — consistency in application.

By all means Swiatek did not start the season on a peak performance run. In all fairness, she did run into Collins in the earlier rounds and that, dare I say, took the wind out of Swiatek before she could think about a Round of 16 result — it just simply wasn’t to be. But since then, Swiatek has been sublime and the only player who comes close is Rybakina. And yet, due to Rybakina not being able to play consistent events due to some ill health, the data continues to point towards Swiatek who is now followed by Sabalenka after the results of the past fortnight — in time for the next Grand Slam of the season.

But don’t be fooled. Of course I’m all in for Swiatek to claim her 5th Grand Slam but on equal accounts when does Swiatek’s tank flip to empty? It’s a careful juggling act that Rybakina and Gauff may very well be favoured to advance and perhaps even Sabalenka. But if the right key patterns are in play then I’d dare say Swiatek may very well be as dangerous on the clay as historically Nadal has been for the best part of the last near 20 years. And that’s saying something.

It would be remiss nonetheless not to highlight the potential anomaly that has silently been tracking forwards. And when I say silently we’re considering players who have still been performing just not at Swiatek’s level. From here, there’s Svitolina to Sakkari and maybe Jabeur will come to the party but even her level of play this season is perhaps akin to Djokovic — simply not apparent. Then there’s Collins to Paolini and whilst Ostenpenko started the 2024 season strong there are simply more players outside the Top 10 than are inside the Top 10 of which have been steadily progressing this season. Now that’s also saying something.

Last but not least, both Osaka and Badosa have had solid wins of late to Shnaider with two titles now this season. There are lesser known players who have been tracking and let’s remember when both Ostenpenko to Krejcikova won their maiden Grand Slam title at the French, neither was expected nor on the radar. But I’ll tell you something right here and now, if there’s a player in the running and they surpass the Round of 16 as a benchmark, our predictive analytics will take them all the way to the Championship courtesy of the 8 Keys.

Which brings us to the ATP tour and the likelihood of Djokovic securing his 25th Grand Slam title. If his most recent results this season are to go by then the answer is quite clear cut — no. If we’re to go by Djokovic’s historical performance then we all know it’s a resounding yes. That said, this will be the first time in perhaps the last 10+ years that Djokovic will not be the hot favourite.

Both Sinner and Alcaraz were out of action the past week. Alcaraz has not been dlivering as consistently this season as Sinner. Then you have the likes of Tsitsipas, Rudd and Zverev who have been. Rublev to Medvedev somewhat, Dimitrov and Hurkacz, too. And that’s the Top 10 for you. Unlike the WTA tour, this French Open is almost up for grabs across this playing field with Sinner the primary player with the advantage. But then again, he’s had a little extra time off. Alcaraz may find that form again from his 2023 season that has allowed him to claim two Grand Slams at such a young age, and perhaps add the French to his collection — or Sinner will even the tally of Slams to match Alcaraz’s haul. It’s quite possible. But I’ll say it now, if Sinner and Alcaraz make the final it’ll have all the ingredients akin to a Nadal v Federer and it’ll be incredibly exciting as the new era is officially well underway.

Similarly, Swiatek v Sabalenka in the final — three times in a row, would be a classic. And these players are all here for it.

And then you have the potential upsets. Paul has been dangerous this season, even more so than Shelton. De Minaur may very well have it in him for a semi-final birth or more. Alex has the game akin to a Chang to Fererro and with that has the legs to simply keep running. Bublik is another player who has made inroads this season and is definitely primed for an additional upset or two of one or more of the Top 10. Whilst a quarter-final may be on the cards, the data doesn’t suggest any further. But there’s always an anomaly and a player who goes above and beyond — whether from an anticipated 1st Round exit through to the 3rd Round, or like this years Australian Open when a number of anomalies appeared in the quarter-finals on the WTA tour and two of these players are now at all time ranking peaks — Kostyuk and Paolini with correlating results unlike Zheng who hasn’t been able to deliver as robust per her Finalist result at the opening Slam of the season.

As for the ATP tour there isn’t so much the argument for this level of progression but there’s depth in the form of the aforementioned dark horses and these threats are real.

If one thing is for sure, I’ll be keeping a close eye on this year’s French Open with the data to lead the way for Paris 2024, Wimbledon to the US Open. But also, with Beyond Top 10 Tennis now officially a centrepiece across all four Grand Slams, this French Open will be the first live recount and I’m equally excited to share. Not simply from a numbers point of view but primarily because I’m witnessing in real-time a genuine unfolding of the current Top 10 to the next crop surging through with key markers underpinning core results and reaffirming over and over again how the 8 Keys remain an absolute. But secretly, I’m also curious to see the next player to achieve replicated success, the next barrier breaker to the next maiden Grand Slam Chamoion as our data is brought to life and continues to underscore these outcomes and who’s who in the running for these identifiers, accomplishments, to nothing short of remarkable feats.

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From A.I to Tennis Players on Fire, Final Seasons, Top 4 on the WTA and ATP tours & the G.O.A.T Data often Ignored

The last two weeks I’ve leveraged A.I to gauge it’s effectiveness to capabilities in sharing data to more precisely pulling a part key topics explored throughout individual episodes of Beyond Top 10 Tennis to give you a better glimpse or snapshot of what is essentially more than 10,000 words into an easy to digest format. It has been fun but also a lot of work. A.I definitely has its advantages but behind the scenes both of those articles were more arduous to time-consuming than I’d anticipated. And more often than not, took a hell of a lot longer to pen than writing each and every word myself.

It’s important to clarify this careful mix as I am well aware that most articles that suggest or share the use of A.I are left untouched. But truly, if you get to the undercurrent — behind these sentences to what’s really being shared, for any experienced writer there is a lot of nonsense that needs to be peeled away to get to the good stuff. Unfortunately, that takes a lot of work. The benefit nonetheless, for me personally, was sifting through a significant number of words — an entire three or four book chapters, into one concise digestible article. Now that’s no easy feat.

I’m confident I’ll be back and use A.I as an ‘assistant’ — to cull my words when needed and to condense these episode transcripts from Beyond Top 10 Tennis. From my perspective, that’s a helpful application as in reality A.I is essentially taking my work and my very own words whilst summarising it’s key contents to share. This is in direct contrast to *not* using my own words, content or elaborate and long-winded prompts over-and-over-and-over again, to a simple structured sentence with a simple command to write ‘something’ on ‘this subject’. In other words, there’s a significant difference in application and a lot of work behind the scenes.

But this week as I’m hopeful you can tell, that’s not what we’re here to talk about. There’s been way too much going on behind the scenes across the tennis landscape that has been shared on Beyond Top 10 Tennis but also has not been shared. On this merit, it deserves elaboration so let’s dive in and review some standout players…

Collins is on fire. Quite simply, she really is. It’s her final season and anyone who is dealing with endometriosis and/or has known someone who is dealing with this debilitating health condition, for Collins to play at the level she is — it’s absolutely Top 5 status without a doubt. Arguably, with a clean bill of health Collins would have notched up a few Grand Slams. She’s been ranked inside the Top 10 previously and has had to deal with surgery to rise back up the rankings. Collins has been a Grand Slam Finalist and she has notched up wins against the best. She comes with attitude and so much fun, Collins’ final season has been nothing but perhaps one of her best ‘two’ seasons to date. That said, if Collins makes a Grand Slam final this season and breaks into the Top 10 — both increasingly likely, it’ll be her best. And it has to be said that to go out with a US Open win would be stellar and something not even Serena Williams herself could manage. But then again, Collins has opted to go out at a performance peak so I’d say anything is possible with her current performance surge.

Thiem has called time and will close out his career this season. I’m sure I speak for many when I say it’s incredibly disappointing that Roland Garros won’t be giving Thiem the Wildcard he deserves having been a Finalist on multiple occasions.

Cornet is on her final season and has managed to claw her way back into the Top 100. Granted Cornet is French, Roland Garros will grant her special conditions as her career undoubtedly deserves. Not only has Cornet notched up wins against the best in the world throughout her career, she was a firm Top 20 player for a number of seasons — perhaps her first decade on tour, before shying away from her performance peak and settling between the Top 80 to Top 100 in more recent seasons.

Muguruza had a stellar career and quite simply when COVID came she was one of the more prominent players to take a much needed break. Fair is fair when you consider the demands of the tour and how Muguruza was No.1 and a Grand Slam Champion when Serena Williams was arguably at ‘one of’ her peaks. Not every player can make that claim. By all accounts, I’d say Muguruza had a number of years left in her, but then again, I’d perhaps go out on a limb and suggest she wasn’t content being ranked inside the Top 20 in the world — where her ranking had settled around this timeframe before taking an extended leave of absence. It is also important to note that for some players, normalcy is a huge reward given that they don’t get to experience that very often until their career comes to a close. And that’s where the irony of COVID comes into play. Rankings were impacted but so were a number of players who yearned for more time at home. Muguruza is the perfect example and this time away was what her heart had been missing, without a doubt, making the decision all the more easier to close off one chapter of her life and breathe life into the next.

This is a timely reminder of the demands of both WTA and ATP tours. On the other hand, Nadal arguably does not want to wave goodbye. Tennis has been his home away from home for essentially more than the past 20 years. It’s a huge part of him and his home life wasn’t what he’d yearned for as much as for the Grand Slams to fire ignited inside him when he’d step out onto the biggest tennis courts in the world. Neither is right or wrong but one has 22 and the other 2 Grand Slams.

But let’s be fair — there’s a hell of a lot more players — 99% or greater who yearn for that Grand Slam and never come within reach throughout their entire playing career. These two achieved this feat on multiple occasions and Nadal is one of the greatest players of all time

A topic most like to argue, Nadal in fact was more consistent than both Federer and Djokovic in holding onto his Top 10 ranking over the same period of time. For those interested in the statistics, these are wrapped inside the What is Your Game Missing series — 3 complete texts that extrapolate data off both WTA and ATP tours and this is one of a number of very interesting insights that is often neglected. Not even Federer or Djokovic won a Grand Slam 14 times. Whilst Djokovic has won 10 Australian Open titles, arguably he’s now under threat from the likes of Sinner to Alcaraz to add to his tally.

By all means more Grand Slams are possible for Djokovic but he’s also not against the dominance of Nadal nor Federer who had to dethrone the other as well as Djokovic to notch these wins. It’s a different era. On this note, Nadal should definitely be in discussion for G.O.A.T and similar to Collins — on an entirely different level, imagine if Nadal hadn’t been sidelined by a number of injuries in the later half of his career. Without a doubt, he was the player to dethrone Federer’s G.O.A.T status in respect to the Grand Slam tally and it was only after Nadal’s body struggled to recover from his ailments did Djokovic surge ahead — before Sinner and Alcaraz had levelled up with Medvedev his only real threat but by no means at the same level.

And this is a really interesting point. Federer peaked against the best in the world. Nadal peaked against the best in the world. Djokovic followed also against the best in the world but his more recent Grand Slams since overtaking both Federer and then Nadal were not won against the best in the world. Quite simply, Djokovic was the ‘best in the world’ left in action. And that’s another point. By all accounts, Djokovic is the player who has been able to maintain his health the longest and is deserving of the player who has been able to maintain his peak performance for the longest period of time courtesy of this health whereby both Federer and Nadal have succumbed to their ailments.

Whilst there are other players who are calling the 2024 season their last and those who have already closed out their career without a last ‘hurrah’, there’s another interesting storyline that was touched on in this week’s episode which includes Swiatek’s rise and Sabalenka gaining ground to both Gauff and Rybakina closely following. It’s an incredibly interesting time for the WTA tour as the Top 4 are truly in the race for the next Grand Slam. And it’s also exciting!

The level of play has gone up a notch and not inside the last 3 to 4 seasons have we been able to witness the stakes being this close with all 4 of these players with a Grand Slam now to their name whilst making further inroads to latch onto more. That said, Swiatek leads this pack — the second youngest after Guaff, then Rybakina and Sabalenka are at an age where their level is further primed to peak — a scary thought if considering both Swiatek and Gauff have ample room to peak in the years ahead.

Then there’s Sinner and Alcaraz looking to dethrone Djokovic and both are incredibly close. But given Sinner is out of action the past week and Alcaraz suffered an earlier loss than anticipated followed by the past week out, and Djokovic also with a number of earlier losses than typically anticipated, this has provided room for Tsitsipas and others to come forward. And this is the same player who regressed outside the Top 10 a matter of 2-3 months ago and then hit the courts with a bang to reach back-to-back finals followed by a title with Rudd closely following. But it is Tsitsipas who has continued to progress. On this note, it’s a timely reminder that Tsitsipas has been a Grand slam Finalist before and with the Top 3 not at the anticipated level and/or hard to gauge with the past week absent from tour, this is also followed by Medvedev still being in contention but hasn’t been as steadfast i.e. reaching these lead-up finals, as these other two. By all accounts, there are other players in there running from Rublev to Hurkacz, but when we’re looking at the 7 Keys to the 8th Key it really comes down to a cutthroat performance whereby the WTA tour’s Top 4 have been leading the charge in contrast to the ATP tour’s primary 4. 

A subtle word of warning — Zverev has been quietly getting the job done whilst Fritz has been regaining form. If anything, we’re mere weeks away from one of the Top 4 to make their mark — further, or for one of these ‘other’ players that haven’t garnered the spotlight to finally lift that maiden Grand Slam crown.

It’s a game of fluctuations and steadfast peak performances and who can maintain their grasp for longer periods of time before succumbing. It’s a battle in its own right and perhaps why Nadal was always poised for more but on equal accounts why Swiatek has been putting this on display in her own right. And with less than a fortnight to go until the 2024 French Open is underway, it’s this time of the season that is ample for both upsets and continued peak performances — a complex Pathway to navigate for those who are not equipped with all 8 Keys.

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