Rafael Nadal definitely ended 2019 on a much higher not than it began as he finished the year on top of the men’s world rankings.
Nadal had a poor start to 2019, only winning his first title in May at the Italian Open when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final.
This was the start of what was to end up being a top season for the Spaniard as he went on to win the French Open, US Open and the Davis Cup with his Spanish teammates.
This marks Nadals fifth time being crowned world number one.
Serbian born Novak Djokovic won two grand slams this year coming out top in the Australian Open and Wimbledon beating both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer respectively.
2019 also saw the arrival of new blood to challenge the old guard consisting of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic who have dominated the men’s side of the sport over the years.
Stefanos Tsitsipas went on to win the ATP Finals in November after beating both Nadal and Federer in the same tournament.
Russia’s very own Daniil Medvedev also gave Nadal a run for his money as he gave the tennis great a run for his money during the Canadian Open, US Open, and ATP World Tour Finals.
The rising of new blood in the tennis community is also ever so present in the women’s side of things as Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won both the French Open and WTA Final topping the women’s ranks for 2019.
In the words od Canadian Bianca Andreescu “NextGen is here,” and quite rightfully so as the teenager moved from 178th to 5th in the world, beating the likes of Serena Williams in the finals of the US Open.
She also set a new record by becoming the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.