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    Random 2018 Predictions?

    I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock
    2. Denis Shapovalov
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray
    4. Serena
    5. Sasha Zverev
    6. Jelena Ostapenko
    7. Cici Bellis
    8. Maria Sharapova
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018?
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018?
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018?
    12. Which players will win their first majors?
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s?
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")?
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis)
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock
    2. Denis Shapovalov
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray
    4. Serena
    5. Sasha Zverev
    6. Jelena Ostapenko
    7. Cici Bellis
    8. Maria Sharapova
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018?
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018?
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018?
    12. Which players will win their first majors?
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s?
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")?
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis)
    I don't know really how to respond to these, so I'll just wing it.

    1) Jack Sock falls in rankings
    2) Denis Shapovalov remains around where he is currently - No major breakthrough next year as far as rankings go
    3) Nadal/Federer do not replicate this year's successes. Djokovic returns to the top tier. Murray continues to struggle with injury.
    4) Serena does not dominate, but does well enough to be in the top 5.
    5) Zevrev maintains his 2017 levels of success.
    6) Dropping in rank
    7) Neutral
    8) Sharapova climbs some but only to top 10
    9) Chung?
    10) Osaka?
    11) Hard. I'll guess Karlovic and ...ummm... Venus?
    12) Wozniacki. Dimitrov.
    13) Djokovic and Wozniacki
    14) ... let's say Djokovic eventually late in the year.
    15) An accident/injury outside of courts derails a top ten-er in one tour.

    Random others:
    Sloane does not capitalize and underperforms after the USO win for all of 2018. Ending outside of the top 50.
    Kvitova returns to the top 5 of the WTA.
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock. Will return to being Jack Sock. Top 15, a couple of 250's. Good for him.
    2. Denis Shapovalov. Will not like it too much to be the hunted, not the hunter. He is no longer unknown, so will spend the year learning. Plenty of time for that after you lose by Wednesday every week.
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray. In order: Maybe RG; NO SLAMS; Two slams and return to #1; man, damn that hip.
    4. Serena. Back to #1. "You talking to me?"
    5. Sasha Zverev. Will remain at #3/#4. Man, he is going to hate running into Novak.
    6. Jelena Ostapenko. Will impose a record for UE's for a year. Around July.
    7. Cici Bellis. Not even in the map.
    8. Maria Sharapova. Will inform the WTA she will start taking Meldonium again, rules be damned, after Serena plasters her somewhere. Nike will back her up and pay her legal fees.
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018?. Some 18 year old will crack the top 500 out of nowhere. Other than that, same as it ever was, same as it ever was.
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? Serena's girl will get her first ranking points at an ITF tournament in L.A.
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Andy Murray, Jankovic.
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Impossible to predict in the WTA, for the ATP, no new winners this year.
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Novak, Serena ("You still talking to me?")
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Novak.
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis). Kyrgios gets a suspended suspension for telling the Duke of Kent "Pat Cash banged your daughter". Nike backs him up and pays for his legal fees.
    My ideas. Really not thoughts.
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    I'll make one bold prediction and keep my mouth shut about everything else because who ****ing knows?

    Federer retires.
    Last edited by MJ2004; 11-28-2017 at 11:13 AM.

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock
    2. Denis Shapovalov
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray
    4. Serena
    5. Sasha Zverev
    6. Jelena Ostapenko
    7. Cici Bellis
    8. Maria Sharapova
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018?
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018?
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018?
    12. Which players will win their first majors?
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s?
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")?
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis)
    1. Jack Sock will do well at the end of the year like he did this year. I don't see him winning a Slam
    2. Denis Shapovalov - His mental processes and game are still on the young side. He'll tread water
    3. Murray's injury will hamper him.
    4. Serena will come back around IW. With the current state of the WTA she could be in the top 3 by US Open
    time.
    5. Sasha Zverev He had his emotions more under control early in the year but as the year dragged on he
    would lose his moorings. Bulking up will turn him into Isner. He needs to go for strength training and
    maybe have a conversation or two with a sports psychologist.
    6. As for Ostapenko she will fall in the rankings. No discipline mentally or physically
    7. Not sure about Bellis. She's limited by her style of play.
    8. No comment
    9. Agree that Chung is right on the cusp
    10. Naomi Osaka has another year to go. She's not going to end the year top ten (or 50) but Jang Su Jeong
    is one to watch
    11. Venus may retire. She's still got the will but she's not going to be able to compete at the level she wants
    No idea about the men.
    12. Who knows?
    13 - 15 Again, who knows?
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Quote Originally Posted by MJ2004 View Post
    I'll make a bold prediction. Federer retires.
    When you make predictions your hat usually feels unsafe. Is this that type of prediction?
    (I actually don't think that is too far off. He finished this year with a small injury. He is bound to get tired of the rehab and such).
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock Outside the top 10
    2. Denis Shapovalov Top 20, two small title, no success at Slams yet
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray One slam, no slams, 2 slams, no slams
    4. Serena Misses AO, wins Wimbledon, retires at the end of the year
    5. Sasha Zverev Wins first Slam
    6. Jelena Ostapenko Sophomore slump, but not a big one. Still top 20
    7. Cici Bellis Not a major factor anywhere
    8. Maria Sharapova Nothing higher than a Slam QF
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? Jiry Vesely
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? Caroline Garcia
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Serena, David Ferrer
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Zverev, Garcia and Pliskova
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Djokovic and Garcia
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Djokovic
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) Ana Konjuh will be top 10
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    4. Serena Misses AO, wins Wimbledon, retires at the end of the year
    This would not surprise me at all. She may throw in the French just for fun.

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock Outside the top 10
    2. Denis Shapovalov Top 20, two small title, no success at Slams yet
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray One slam, no slams, 2 slams, no slams
    4. Serena Misses AO, wins Wimbledon, retires at the end of the year
    5. Sasha Zverev Wins first Slam
    6. Jelena Ostapenko Sophomore slump, but not a big one. Still top 20
    7. Cici Bellis Not a major factor anywhere
    8. Maria Sharapova Nothing higher than a Slam QF
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? Jiry Vesely
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? Caroline Garcia
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Serena, David Ferrer
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Zverev, Garcia and Pliskova
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Djokovic and Garcia
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Djokovic
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) Ana Konjuh will be top 10
    This is a lot easier now that we know what won't happen.

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    [QUOTE=Woody;949385]I don't know if everyone else finds this as fun as I do, but I enjoy looking back on these types of things at the end of the year. What are your predictions on the following in 2018? Feel free to add intriguing players/questions to my list!

    1. Jack Sock:Back down to about 15
    2. Denis Shapovalov:Not much change yet
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray: I expect Nadal and Federer to remain the about the same; I am not expecting either Djokovic or Murray to break into the top 5
    4. Serena: I think Serena will win Wimbledon and the U.S. open, end the year at number 1, and then retire, due in part to being pregnant with her second child
    5. Sasha Zverev: I am not expecting much change
    6. Jelena Ostapenko: She will continue to drop in ranking into the 20's
    7. Cici Bellis: I am not expecting much change here either
    8. Maria Sharapova: Top ten, maybe
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018?none
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018?none
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018?Serena
    12. Which players will win their first majors?Wozniacki and Dimitrov
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s?Serena and Rafa
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")?possibly Roger
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis)Belgium will win the Davis Cup[QUOTE]
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Didn't we do something similar last year? It would be fun to see how we did.

    Regardless...

    1. Jack Sock: hovers in the 10-20 ranking.
    2. Denis Shapovalov: a few flashes here and there, but still in the 30-50 range.
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray: Rafa and Roger continue to dominate until the USO. Novak might win the USO. Murray will have a critical year deciding whether he plays on or not.
    4. Serena: returns to her Slam winning ways. 1 or 2 for her.
    5. Sasha Zverev: not unlike Thiem, he doesn't improve upon his breakthrough season.
    6. Jelena Ostapenko: clings to the 20-30 ranking
    7. Cici Bellis: Pass
    8. Maria Sharapova: unless she puts in some decent results, I see her considering retirement. Unless Serena shocks us first; then she sticks around hoping to prey on the feeble.
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018?: Medvedev / Rublev combo
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018?: no idea
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018?: Ferrer, Lopez. Radwanska, Stosur
    12. Which players will win their first majors?: no new male players. Take a name out of a hat for the women.
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s?: Serena, Federer or Nole
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")?: Roger
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis): Azarenka wins a Slam
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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    1. Jack Sock Out of top 10
    2. Denis Shapovalov No major breakthrough
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray [0,3,0,0 slams]
    4. Serena Wins 1 or 2 slams
    5. Sasha Zverev Threat in masters only
    6. Jelena Ostapenko Defends French
    7. Cici Bellis ---
    8. Maria Sharapova Makes slam final
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? No One
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? Halep in slams :P
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Ferrer Nadal
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Thiem
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Federer
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Federer
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) ---
    Last edited by sean4878; 11-28-2017 at 10:13 PM.

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    Re: Random 2018 Predictions?

    Hee!

    1. Jack Sock will win a major ... in doubles.
    2. Denis Shapovalov will repeat as Rogers Cup runner-up.
    3. Nadal will shave his head (and Twitter will go wild), Federer will post a 280-emoji tweet (and Twitter will go wild), Djokovic will get dumped by either his wife or a sponsor (and Twitter will be continue to be more obsessed with anything Rafa or Roger), Murray will add another dog to his household
    4. Serena and the kid will show up in another Beyonce video.
    5. Sasha Zverev will win three Masters.
    6. Jelena Ostapenko will have an on-court meltdown that prompts nostalgic Vera Zvonareva GIFs on Twitter.
    7. Cici Bellis will be picked for Fed Cup.
    8. Maria Sharapova will visit the White House.
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? Alexander Bublik
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018?
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Raonic; Lepchenko
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Halep, Monfils (we are DUE for Ivanisevician mayhem, people!)
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Muguruza, Thiem (a la Wozniacki)
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Zverev
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) Nicolas Jarry will show up in a Vogue spread.

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    Whoops, missed one. Breakthrough WTA player: Arnya Sabalenka.

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    1. Jack Sock Back down to the 12-15 area, where he will spend most of the rest of his career
    2. Denis Shapovalov Meh, massively overhyped IMO
    3. Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray 1 of these 4 will win every slam except for the USO
    4. Serena Will return with a series of baffling wins and losses at first, but back up to full steam by Wimbledon
    5. Sasha Zverev He will slump defending all his points, but be back for a career year in 2019
    6. Jelena Ostapenko Back to the mid-level of the tour, unless she learns to hit a ball into the court consistently
    7. Cici Bellis Top 20, will be top 10 in 2019
    8. Maria Sharapova Back to the top 10, but won't really contend for slams
    9. Breakthrough men's player in 2018? Borna Coric
    10. Breakthrough women's player in 2018? Marketa Vondrousova
    11. Highest ranked player on each tour who will retire in 2018? Gilles Muller, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
    12. Which players will win their first majors? Men: no one, Women: Madison Keys
    13. Who will finish as year end #1s? Roger Federer, Garbine Muguruza
    14. Who will Nadal lose the #1 ranking to (can predict "nobody")? Roger Federer
    14. One random unlikely prediction (anything related to pro tennis) Bellis makes a slam semifinal
    Last edited by JTContinental; 11-28-2017 at 10:41 PM.
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