From The Editor
As Shanghai welcomes the best eight players of the 2008 ATP season to the Tennis Masters Cup for one last time, it is only fitting that DEUCE profiles the newest star of the ATP Top 10. Andy Murray, who competes at the prestigious circuit finale for the first time, has done enough in 2008 to suggest that next year the tennis world will be talking about 'the big four'.
DEUCE also profiles the year-end World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to capture Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back, and Bob and Mike Bryan, who are aiming to create some history themselves in Shanghai by claiming the year-end No. 1 Ranking for the fifth time in six years.
In this edition we also feature one of the ATP's most feared players, Ivo Karlovic, pay tribute to long-time former ATP Physiotherapist Bill Norris, chart the rise of the 18-year-old Kei Nishikori and take a look at the exciting plans for the 2009 ATP World Tour.
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In This Issue
It has been known for some time that Rafael Nadal will be regarded as one of the best clay court players the game has ever seen. But after one of the finest seasons of the Open Era, can there be any doubt that Rafa is destined to become an all-time great?
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan could go down in history as the greatest team to play the game, but they're building more than a personal legacy. Their success, energy, and popularity on and off the court has injected ATP Doubles with renewed life.
Ivo Karlovic first learned he could cut it with the ATP's big guns at Wimbledon in 2003. Since then the Croatian has tormented the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to become one of the most feared and greatly improved players on the circuit.
Bill Norris, who retired earlier this year, was a much-loved and respected ATP Physiotherapist who endeared himself not only to the players he treated, but also as a mentor to his colleagues and as a friendly face in the ever-changing world of pro tennis.
Meet the fast talkers of the ATP Tour...
The ATP World Tour in 2009 is implementing the largest set of changes since its creation. Led by extensive consumer research, the plans will unlock more than $1 billion of investment, increase value to members and ensure fans can see the best players at the best tournaments in the right weeks.
A dynamo on the court, shy and reserved off it, David Ferrer is considered to be one of the friendliest players on the ATP circuit. Here, Ferrer tells when the last time was that...
Kei Nishikori, the youngest player in the Top 100, is the face of tennis in Japan, a country of 127 million people. He is also poised to become one of the ATP's biggest stars.
A look at the conclusion of the 2008 ATP World Tour.
ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the numbers behind the stories on the ATP circuit.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga visited a Hugo Boss stores in Madrid during the Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid.
ATP stars discuss their favorite aspects of the professional circuit.
Brendan Evans, Jesse Levine and Bobby Reynolds took time out at the China Open to wander around the street stalls to sample local tradition and culture.
Fernando Gonzalez took a trip to the Vienna Riding School during the Bank Austria-Tennis Trophy.
Philipp Kohlschreiber visited the Heurigen Winery, where he enjoyed wine tasting and dinner during the Bank Austria-Tennis Trophy in Vienna.
Gael Monfils visited the Schonbrunn Zoo during the Bank Austria-Tennis Trophy in Vienna.
Rafael Nadal secured the year-end No. 1 South African Airways ATP Ranking after reaching the Mutua Madrilena Masters Madrid semifinals in October.
Top Czech Tomas Berdych goes Under the Spotlight.