Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic entered the ATP World Tour Finals in London with the #1 ranking at stake for the two runaway best players in men's tennis this season. Murray, ranked #1 for the first time in his career two weeks ago, continued his blitzing form since the U.S. Open, winning his fifth consecutive tournament to secure the year-end top ranking. Murray finishes 630 points clear of Djokovic at #2 and a whopping 6,960 points ahead of Milos Raonic at world #3.
#ThisWeekInTennis recaps the previous week's tennis action through news reports, player tweets, press snippets, tennis writing, rankings, and podcasts.
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Andy Murray finished his 2016 campaign in style, capturing the ATP World Tour Finals to secure the year-end number one ranking. The win capped a stellar second half of the season for Murray, winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold, Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, and now London.
Andy Murray had another big week on the ATP Tour. Coming off consecutive wins in Beijing, Shanghai, and Vienna, Murray won again in Paris. More importantly, Murray ascends to #1 in the world rankings, supplanting Novak Djokovic as the top ranked men's player. Elsewhere, Petra Kvitova won the WTA Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai going unbeaten in her four matches without dropping a set.
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Novak Djokovic ceded his top ranking to Andy Murray after the Paris Indoor Masters event. This week marks the first time since July 7, 2014 that someone other than Djokovic sits atop the ATP Tour rankings.
Petra Kvitova closed her 2016 season in style by winning the WTA Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai. Kvitova enjoyed a successful Asian Swing winning both Zhuhai and Wuhan, while also making the quarterfinals in Beijing. The Czhech player will end the season ranked #11.
Elina Svitolina capped a solid stretch after the U.S. Open with a run to the finals in Zhuhai (SF-Tokyo, SF-Beijing, SF-Moscow).
John Isner rises nine places in the ATP rankings to #19 after reaching the final of BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Isner is once more the top ranked American.
Johanna Konta secured a year-end top ten ranking with her opening match win over Sam Stosur in Zhuhai. Konta, who ended 2015 ranked #46, will begin the 2017 season as the world #10.
The draw for the ATP World Tour Finals in London is out. The eight-man field is divided into two groups; the McEnroe group features Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori, and Cilic, while the Lendl group consists of Djokovic, Raonic, Thiem, and Monfils.
However, Milos Raonic is doubtful to participate after suffering a right quadriceps injury. If he is unable to compete, Tomas Berdych is next in line to take his place. Rafael Nadal, who qualified at #8, will not participate.
Dominika Cibulkova and Andy Murray were the big winners in tennis last week. Cibulkova scored the biggest title of her career when she beat Angelique Kerber in the finals of the WTA year-end event in Singapore. With the win, Cibulkova rises to a career high #5 ranking. Meanwhile, Andy Murray kept his win streak alive (16 matches and counting) with yet another title, this time in Vienna. The world #2 now sports a 69-9 record on the year having hoisted seven trophies.
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Dominika Cibulkova won the WTA Finals in Singapore for the biggest title of her career. Apart from a new career high ranking at #5, Cibulkova finishes the year having won the most WTA singles titles of any player (four). Her seven finals on the year is second only to world #1, Angelique Kerber.
Andy Murray won the third consecutive event in which he's entered, this time claiming the title in Vienna, Austria. The Andy Murray #1 ranking watch is officially on as the Brit has a chance of finally claiming the top ranking this week in Paris.
Marin Cilic boosted his chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals by winning last week in Basel. He moves to #9 in the Race to London after beating Kei Nishikori 6-1 7-6. The title was also the first ATP 500 crown of Cilic's career.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made the finals in Vienna before losing to Andy Murray. The Frenchman also announced he will become a father in the new year.
Svetlana Kuznetsova had herself a banner two weeks. After winning in Moscow to qualify for the WTA Finals at the last minute, Kuznetsova reached the semifinals of the year-end event, and got a lot of media attention when she gave herself a haircut mid-match against Radwanska.
Nick Kyrgios has agreed to receive treatment from a sports psychologist in order to reduce his suspension from the ATP Tour.
Jack Sock and Marcel Granollers teamed to win the doubles event in Basel. Sock, whose singles results have been on the uptick lately (final in Stockholm, quarters in Shanghai), has been even better in doubles; he's made the final of his last three events, winning two.