MERT ERTUNGA — @MertovsTDesk
What steps will men’s tennis take to clean up the post-U.S. Open portion of the calendar?
Note that I used the more general term “men’s tennis” rather than “ATP” in that question. With the Laver Cup already in place, promoted (and supported) by the top names in men’s tennis, plus the Piqué Cup and the new Davis Cup format joining the wave, accompanied by the continuing indoor swing of the ATP Tour, there is a combination of convergence, divergence, and dilution within men’s tennis that is as combustible as carbon and hydrogen put together.
The root cause of the problem is the separation of powers in men’s tennis. With the ITF, the ATP, and smaller groups and individuals with deep pockets, it’s almost like the polycephalic Hydra – the mythical serpentine monster with several heads – except that each head is at odds with the others. Thus the body is stuck in place, paralyzed, once we get past the U.S. Open.
ANDREW BURTON — @burtonad
What is the impact of six or more of the game’s very best players competing on a voluntary schedule as the triple-exempt club reaches critical mass?
MATT ZEMEK — @mzemek
Will a player 26 years old or younger win a major?
It could be Dominic Thiem. It could be Sascha Zverev. It could be Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov, Nikoloz Basilashvili, or someone else. Will someone stand up to the Big 3, which have won each of the past eight majors? Will someone young in men’s tennis separate himself from the pack and emerge as The Next Big Thing?
Like Judge Smails in Caddyshack: “Welllllllll, we’re waiting!”