7. Cup con­tro­versy

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ONE of the big­gest con­tro­ver­sies of the year hap­pened well away from the ten­nis court. The Davis Cup changed as we knew it af­ter the ITF and a group led by Span­ish foot­ball star Ger­ard Pique pro­posed a for­mat that was voted in. Un­der the new for­mat, 18 teams qual­ify and play in a week-long event at the end of the sea­son. Gone are the na­tion­al­is­tic home-and-away ties, ex­cept for qual­i­fy­ing, and the five-set matches that made the for­mat fa­mous. The move at­tracted plenty of con­tro­versy with coun­tries in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, the US and France against the pro­posal. How it plays out is any­one’s guess, but Aus­tralia will play Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina in Ade­laide early next year to try to qual­ify for the World Group. world by storm and he put re­spect back into the game in Aus­tralia. It started in Bris­bane, where he made the semis, and con­tin­ued the next week when he made the fi­nal in Syd­ney. He would also make the fi­nal in Wash­ing­ton and add a Chal­lenger ti­tle in Not­ting­ham. But the best game of his year came at the US Open, where he lost to sev­enth seed Marin Cilic in the third round. Af­ter go­ing two sets to love up, de Min­aur looked done at 5-3 down in the fifth set but saved five match points to break back be­fore even­tu­ally los­ing 7-5. It showed the fight­ing spirit of the Aussie. Ex­pect more of that in 2019. De Min­aur wasn’t the only Aussie to get into the top 100 this year. Ja­son Kubler made it af­ter bat­tling nu­mer­ous knee in­juries that al­most ended his ca­reer. Matt Eb­den re­turned as well too, af­ter in­jury prob­lems, as did Bernard Tomic. Also in the top 100 are Jor­dan Thomp­son, John Mill­man and Nick Kyr­gios. Roger Fed­erer. Khachanov, the world No.11, could join Zverev next year in­side the top 10. In a stel­lar 2018 the 22year-old Rus­sian won three ti­tles, in­clud­ing the Paris Masters with a win over Djokovic. Tsit­si­pas, 20, an­nounced his ar­rival with his first ti­tle win in Stock­holm and an amaz­ing run in Canada. He lost the fi­nal but be­came the youngest player to de­feat four top-10 op­po­nents in a sin­gle tour­na­ment. He is Greece’s next big hope in ten­nis and it is clear to see why. Open next year.

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