We are here to have look at the future stars and the ones who will dominate the court in times to come after the "Big Four" hang their boots.
No one was able to get anywhere close past year, not just in terms of consistently winning the biggest tournaments but also when it comes to charisma.
The injuries and illness in the run-up to the tournament have seen many players, not 100 percent fit to take part in the first Grand Slam of the year.
Nadal and Djokovic are both expected to play in the Australian Open, which starts on January 15. Chris Kermode, executive chairman of the men's tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals, promised a shake-up, although he accepted the players' reasons for withdrawing.In a separate rule change created to get matches started more quickly, warm-up times will be strictly enforced. He can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th Roland Garros title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the US Open. "If I start well, I could go really deep".
The 12-time grand slam champion, whose ranking has fallen to No.12, pulled out of an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi at the end of the year and subsequently withdrew from the Qatar Open.
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There seems no escape from cumulative injury or sporadic ill-health on either the ATP or WTA Tours, as the seasons do not so much rage and subside but overlap from one minor crisis to another. The defending champion returned to tennis after giving birth to daughter Olympia, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship where she was beaten by French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. "Some of them I've played against".
Aiava said she'd been in good form physically but, mentally, wasn't where she needed to be.
Zverev, 20, has been touted as the "next big thing" for some years and is coming off five titles last season, yet he has never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
The best hope for an Australian victory in the women's draw comes with Ashleigh Barty ($26), who had a breakout year in 2017 in which she rose from No. 271 to No. 17 in the world.
Roger laughs as he adds that "I never beat Rafter but that doesn't matter (because), you shouldn't beat your favourite players anyway" but singles out other Australian connections with deep sincerity.