Not sure who exactly is in charge of what (marketing, draws, doing the laundry, etc.), but the ATP (is that Chris Kermode?) is a mess.
I’m just pointing to two things: that Next Gen opening ceremony disaster – how dumb was that?
But I have dumber: the Nitto ATP Finals group drawings. I said at the beginning that Nadal had an easier group, compared to Federer, but this is ridiculous.
Dimitrov just waxed (a depleted) Goffin 0 and 2. I seriously forgot who the fourth player of that group is for a second: oh yeah, Thiem, another depleted fellow.
Dimitrov had trouble with Thiem, so we’re not yet calling his tennis upper-class.
Meanwhile, the Becker group is large and in charge. We’ll see how this Zverev v Sock plays-out, but I don’t think you want to be playing Sock right now, unless your Roger. Is Sock’s break-through win against Cilic going to cost him? Will he be too “depleted” to put-up much of a fight against Sascha? That’s how this story goes with these ATP middle-class blokes. Keep riding high, Jack.
On the other hand, group Sampras (thanks for throwing shade at that esteemed name, ATP wonks) will likely offer up for the SF a seemingly in-form Dimitrov and a winner of Goffin v Thiem? Carreno Busta is, of course, on the premises, but that group, to be clear, couldn’t be making my point more emphatic.
Pull your shit together, ATP.