A few thoughts as tennis takes its annual autumnal tumble off the radar ...
1. One of you raised a fine point last week: We talk all the time about the tennis season winding down. And therein lies the problem. A sport's season shouldn't "wind down" to an anticlimactic conclusion. It should somehow culminate.
For the record,
Griping and sniping about the calendar and commitment demands have become as much a part of contemporary tennis as polyester strings. But, like the related issue of player health, this needs to be addressed in a meaningful way during what passes for an offseason.
2. The oddsmakers already have posted their favorites for the Australian Open. The favorite is
If you're looking for a dark horse, though, check out