Season 4 Finale: What the Boys Got up to in 2018

10Dec

As our fourth cycle comes to a close, we recap the men's tour with its continued Big 3 dominance, Djokovic's herculean comeback, and NextGen banging on the door (well, more like politely ringing the doorbell). We look at the latest Gimelstob debacle as a mess that tennis governing bodies made for themselves, one that echoes MeToo stories across every industry, and which the sport continued to ignore and pave over until things blew up spectacularly. Finally, we finish with some levity: our TBSMoments awards, including feel-good moments, WTF moments, and most bizarre off-season story.

 

01:00 Who won the big titles this year? Is the Big 3 still a thing? Yep.

13:00 Rankings leaps and tumbles: NextGen isn't quite here yet, but they're really close
22:40 The Gimelstob Debacle: Tennis has a whole mess on its hands, much of its own making
33:30 Tennis governance and how conflicts of interest can rot an organization from the inside out
38:50 Why the resounding silence from the tennis world?
48:35 Other controversies: Novak sparks unionization rumors, Sandgren comes out as an Alt-Right dabbler, Darko gets exposed(?)
55:40 Retirements and comebacks
57:45 Our favorite and most impactful matches of the year
61:00 Jonathan takes a quiz on the ATP season - play along at home!
68:15 The #TBSMoments awards, starting with Denis Shapovavovavorlov, WTF moments, and wildest off-court story
72:00 Men being d---s ... as always, fertile ground on the ATP Tour
75:55 Finishing this season with Feel-Good Moment and the You Did THAT Moment