2019 TTW Awards-Biggest Letdown Player

Biggest Letdown?


  • Total voters
    67
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daggerman

New User
Kyrgios is a reasonable pick, but I didn't come into this season thinking he'd behave any differently than before. To be honest he slightly exceeded my expectations by winning a couple 500s.

I voted for Khachanov, who went from 46 match wins last year (including, most notably, the Paris Masters championship) to only 26 this year. This is a player I expected to, at the very least, make a serious run at the USO this year, but he ends up losing in the first round to Pospisil. Hope he can turn things around next year.

As an aside, it's laughable that FAA is an option in the poll. He was 18 years old for most of the season and cracked the top 20. If anything, he's a most-improved candidate, not a letdown. He's well ahead of schedule.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Kyrgios is a reasonable pick, but I didn't come into this season thinking he'd behave any differently than before. To be honest he slightly exceeded my expectations by winning a couple 500s.

I voted for Khachanov, who went from 46 match wins last year (including, most notably, the Paris Masters championship) to only 26 this year. This is a player I expected to, at the very least, make a serious run at the USO this year, but he ends up losing in the first round to Pospisil. Hope he can turn things around next year.

As an aside, it's laughable that FAA is an option in the poll. He was 18 years old for most of the season and cracked the top 20. If anything, he's a most-improved candidate, not a letdown. He's well ahead of schedule.
Khachanov definitely has the game, idk what's keeping him from putting it together. He reminds me of Janowicz
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Probably would have been Shapo if not for his pretty solid fall season. Vote goes for Karen, dude spent most of the year just out or inside the top ten, yet only made two SFs in 2019.
 

duaneeo

Hall of Fame
Easily Zverev. After he won two Masters (beating Djokovic and Federer in the finals) in 2017, and won a different Masters/the WTFs (beating Federer in the semis and Djokovic in the final), and made his first slam quarterfinal in 2018, it seemed almost a given that 2019 would be his official slam breakout season.

Khachanov definitely has the game, idk what's keeping him from putting it together. He reminds me of Janowicz
Whoa, I had totally forgotten about this supposed future of mens tennis. Yet another LostGen.
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
Zverev for sure. He won the WTF by beating Federer and Djokovic back to back. I was sure this was his year to break through in slams. Instead he decided to flip the transmission into reverse and slam on the gas.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
You want us to believe that you weren't happy when Zverev beat Djokovic in the 2017 Rome/2018 WTF finals?
@duaneeo You can dig out the match threads for both matches-- I was rooting for Novak both times, especially in Rome. I will never root for Zverev unless it's in a match which denies Nadal his 20th slam. Under those circumstances then yes, I would root for him.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
I voted for Khachanov. After finishing last year with a Masters title I expected him to advance this year but he has just regressed and is now no longer even in the top #10 anymore. Very disappointing.

Hope he can get his act together and recover form in 2020.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Tsitsipas. He started the year well, but after the AO went 3-3 in slams.

And Federer too. For obvious reasons. All that good form completely wasted.
 

upchuck

Professional
1. Khachanov - He was horrible this year after a strong finish to 2018. Unforgivable regression.
2. Zverev - At least he made the season ending championships, huh?
3. Kyrgios - All hype, no bite
4. FAA - Possibly still A LOT of upside but an underwhelming final quarter raises the question: how much of his success and hype owes to the fact that he matured faster than his peers who are now catching up to him physically?
 

King No1e

Legend
No contest here, it's Zverev. Just like Medvedev I the runaway Most Improved, Zverev is the runaway Biggest Letdown
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
But wow, you would've preferred an overload of Nole-is-God threads (had he won a 6th WTF title) over a Zverev win? Wow, you really hate the guy!
I have almost all the people who post "Nole is God" threads on ignore, so I see very little of that. I don't actually hate Zverev as a person, I just detest several of his qualities which uniquely bug me: conceit and entitlement. I hate both those traits in people and I perceive that Zverev exhibits both of those traits.
 

Keizer

Professional
I have almost all the people who post "Nole is God" threads on ignore, so I see very little of that. I don't actually hate Zverev as a person, I just detest several of his qualities which uniquely bug me: conceit and entitlement. I hate both those traits in people and I perceive that Zverev exhibits both of those traits.
He also has notable flaws in his game which he has not addressed at all in the last two seasons. Plays too far behind and expects people to miss and his forehand has been trash lately. You could see how easy it is for shotmakers to pounce on his forehand in the recent match against Shapo in Paris. Since the match was televised at court level, you could see how his ball was sitting up with no action whatsoever for Shapo to just tee off on.
 

MeatTornado

Legend
You want us to believe that you weren't happy when Zverev beat Djokovic in the 2017 Rome/2018 WTF finals?
@duaneeo You can dig out the match threads for both matches-- I was rooting for Novak both times, especially in Rome. I will never root for Zverev unless it's in a match which denies Nadal his 20th slam. Under those circumstances then yes, I would root for him.
Can confirm. I remember this.
 
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