Initially after there defeats at Wimbledon, there didn’t feel like many positives, but after reflecting and putting everthing in perspective, it meant I felt very differently about it.
Evo has had a fantastic year so far and it should only get better. To have already put himself on the verge of getting back into the worlds top 50 is a top achievement in such a short space of time. From no ranking to 51 in 15 months. There is not a lot for him to defend between now and the end of the year, apart from winning a title at a challenger in Vancouver. Evans said he thought this was arguably his strongest time of the year and he certainly has a case with that.
I thought at the start of the season that he would win a tour title this year and I still think he has every chance. We could not have come any closer in Delray. There have been Challenger titles at Surbiton and Nottingham and a few main tour quarter-finals too. I think an incredible season would be capped off if he could get back into the worlds top 32. The defeat at Wimbledon was a painful one but he still reached the third round, matching his best effort there. Like I said in my Evo blog (pre-Wimbledon). there is always next year and you have to be buzzing about the future. I am pretty optimistic about the US Open.
With Serena, the disappointment after Wimbledon was also incredibly real. Rena winning number twenty-four has become an obsession of mine very much like Liverpool winning the Premier League. Us fans want it soooo badly! It is not just me. Trust. It has been an injury-plagued season, no two ways about it but that is why you have to take Wimbledon as a massive positive. It was a big effort having played so little tennis coming in. The defeats to Pliskova at the Aussie and Kenin at the French didn’t concern me as much as most. She injured herself against Pliskova and was nowhere near ready for an assault at the French.
The key now is to stay fit and get back to where she wants to be physically. A few matches between now and New York will go down very nicely. As she said, it would be good for her to get that winning feeling back. The US Open is wide open, as all of the ladies slams are at the moment but she is still the bookies favourite to win it. I know there is obviously the ‘fear factor’ in that price but the point is she is still right in amongst it and nobody can argue with that.
Andy Del Potro.