Major Questions Ahead of the 2018 Hardcourt Season

The end of Wimbledon is a major event in the tennis calendar for more than one reason. Not only does it mean the most prestigious Grand Slam of the year is over, but it also marks the end of a long first-half of the season.

With the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, there is a lot of tennis in those months. The clay court season tournaments are no picnic either!

But now hard court season begins – a series of minor tournaments and ATP/WTA events, with the fourth grand slam of the year in conclusion. It all leads up to the US Open.

There are big questions that will be answered in the coming months. Here is a look at a few of them.

Is Novak Djokovic Back for Good?

There is no doubt that Novak Djokovic is once again a top contender for Grand Slams. Djokovic capped an impressive two weeks in England with the Wimbledon trophy. He defeated Rafa Nadal in a brutal five-set semifinal, before winning the final a few days later.

The question many are wondering is if he can sustain that level. Injuries and fatigue have got in his way the past few years. Even the player is curious to see whether he can maintain his form throughout the hard court season.

If he shows the form of his Wimbledon win, then he is the favorite for the US Open. If he flounders, the likes of Nadal and Andy Murray will see an opening.

Can Andy Murray Contend Again?

It has been a long road back for Andy Murray. A hip injury kept him out for 11 months. His pre-Wimbledon performances were nothing to write home about. He withdrew from Wimbledon, which shocked many of his supporters.

Now he is hoping to make a comeback in the hard court season. At the Citi Open in Washington, fans started to see glimpses of the old Murray. He still looks rusty and is well short of his best form, but the same tenacity and quality of his old displays were visible.

Most tennis fans are eager to see Andy Murray return to his best. The question is whether he still has enough in the tank at 31, coming off a serious injury.

Will Serena Sustain Her Success?

Everything was going perfectly in Serena Williams’ comeback at Wimbledon. She made it all the way to the final and looked close to her best. Then everyone saw her performance in the final.

She battled hard, but she could not raise her game enough to beat Angelique Kerber, who came out with the Wimbledon title. It was a tough loss for Serena. Then she followed it up with a heavy defeat in San Jose to Johanna Konta.

Now many are wondering whether Serena can sustain the success she has enjoyed over the past decade or more. There is no doubt she still has the spirit and will to win Grand Slams. But whether she still has the same quality left in her body is another matter.