From The Editor
To celebrate the staging of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which will welcome over 255,000 tennis fans to The O2 in London, this bumper issue of DEUCE features four of the Top 6 players in the South African Airways ATP 2009 Rankings, including defending champion Novak Djokovic, British favourite Andy Murray, US Open titlist Juan Martin del Potro and a light-hearted interview with Andy Roddick.
If that quality line-up wasn't enough, Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy discuss their doubles partnership that has reaped two Grand Slam titles this year and Tomas Berdych looks forward to helping Czech Republic in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final against Spain in December.
DEUCE also profiles the fast-rising Jeremy Chardy and two players who have stepped into retirement, former World No. 1 Marat Safin, one of the most charismatic and complex tennis personalities in recent years, and Fabrice Santoro, who played 20 of the 24 players to rank No. 1 in ATP World Tour history.
I hope you enjoy this edition of DEUCE, and I welcome your comments.
Editor, DEUCE Magazine
In This Issue
Novak Djokovic, the defending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champion, might not have added to his Grand Slam championship tally in 2009 but current and former members of the Serbian's coaching team believe he has moved one step closer to becoming the next player to rank No. 1 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.
Leander Paes, a veteran of 993 matches, is enjoying a glorious end to his career in tandem with Czech Lukas Dlouhy, 10 years his junior.
US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro reflects on an emotional homecoming and how he was forced to re-assess his career goals.
Former World No. 1 Marat Safin, one of the most charismatic and complex personalities in recent years, discusses his legacy to the sport.
Fabrice Santoro reflects on how his unorthodox game matched up in his meetings with 20 of the 24 players to rank World No. 1.
Tomas Berdych faces the tricky task of helping Czech Republic end Spain's 19-tie unbeaten record on clay in the Davis Cup final.
Phil Anderton, the Chairman of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, discusses the planning of the event to be held from 22-29 November.
American Andy Roddick discusses the last time he flew economy class, sang karaoke, let slip on his diet and walked his dog, Billie.
Family orientated Jeremy Chardy is intent on keeping his feet on the ground despite clinching his first title in a breakthrough year.
A look at the race for places at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, via the newly strengthened Asian swing and European tournaments.
ATP stats and information guru Greg Sharko takes a look at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifiers and major milestones this year.
In season 1, episode 10, ATP World Tour Uncovered reveals why Nikolay Davydenko considers himself the third most famous Russian player and why he hopes to be in London for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The pin-up boy of men's tennis, Fernando Verdasco, has seen his childhood dreams become a reality on-court. Follow the Spaniard's exceptional 2009 season, and go behind the scenes of his latest goodwill calendar photo shoot on ATP World Tour Uncovered season 1, episode 5. Tune in to ATPWorldTour.com every Wednesday for the latest features.
In season 1, episode 9, ATP World Tour Uncovered reveals why Novak Djokovic calls Marian Vajda ‘my second father’ and why the coach has such a successful partnership with the reigning Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champion.
In season 1, episode 11 of ATP World Tour Uncovered, Andy Murray reflects on his eventful 2009 season and speaks of the allure of playing on British soil at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
In season 1, episode 9, ATP World Tour Uncovered goes behind the scenes to look at the creation of the unique Barclays ATP World Tour Finals trophy, set to be presented for the first time later this month. Learn more about ATP World Tour Uncovered and tune in to ATPWorldTour.com every Wednesday for the latest features.
In season 1, episode 11, ATP World Tour Uncovered runs down the impressive eight-player, eight-team line-up competing at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Andy Murray and the Bryan brothers head to the London Eye for a spectacular draw ceremony for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.