You have to accept it; only a handful of tournaments and then it will be the end credits of this beautiful 2015 tennis season. Heartache at the time of the first season reviews...

You have to accept it; only a handful of tournaments, rare moments of emotion and then it will be the end credits of this beautiful 2015 tennis season. The end is near and like every time, heartache at the time of the first season reviews...

 

- You've started to be a bit bored already. Yeah, the last big tournament was the US Open and it’s been a while already. Thank God the ATP World Tour Finals will be starting soon...

 

- You tell yourself that this would be a good idea to reform the calendar to avoid this void by year-end....

 

- You fall asleep late and wake up early to get your weekly dose of live tennis on TV.

 

- You're always a little uncomfortable with the North American tournaments at the end of summer and the Asian ones in the fall. Jet lag is hard to handle, even if you didn't actually move from your couch.

 

- Well at least it allows you to feel like a tourist in Asia without ever having been there. Well, it looks nice Tashkent! Oh and Kuala Lumpur as well!

 

- You count the sheep before Lleyton Hewitt's retirement. Sniff.

 

 

- You're also scared about the future of Serena Williams, who doesn't look so clear after all...

 

- Well at least you think that the absence of the American until the end of the season leaves a great opportunity for players in the WTA Tour to express themselves. It will allow for a clear hierarchy to arise.

 

- Oh, by the way, in retrospect, you realize that the 2015 season of the so-called new star Eugenie Bouchard was very, very bad. Let's go, we cannot wait for 2016!

 

- You already started to make little bets on the upcoming Australian Open. You're trying to put Kyrgios in the last four at home.

 

- About Kyrgios actually, you may have rolled your eyes and even moaned a lot about his misbehaviour, but at the same time you know that it's good to have that kind of guy in an ATP tour that is getting more and more polished.

 

 

- You start looking behind and you realized that you’ve seen Djoko win a lot. So much, almost too much to maintain the suspense.

 

 

- Thankfully Highlander Federer is always there to put the gods off the track.

 

- You think that the Wawrinka's fast fashion of swimming trunks in June was very awkward...

 

- You're sorry for Rafael Nadal, who has never seemed so much in trouble and seems to wonder if he will win a Grand Slam again...

 

- You're also sad for Maria Sharapova who disappeared since the spring.

 

- Fortunately you can take news from her on social networks.

 

- Besides, you look forward to the pictures on Twitter and Instagram of tennis stars on holiday. It always makes you feel as if you were traveling for free, which is nice.

 

- In the meantime, you wait for the ATP world tour finals which will be starting soon. Especially the men tournament in London, which is easier than to follow the women in Singapore.

 

- You start preparing yourself psychologically to the wilderness of the end of the year. At this time you know that you will lose all dignity rushing in a club or a commercial exhibition as if it was the biggest thing ever.

 

- With the withdrawal period approaching, you're also ready to watch with interest a 250 tournament in Stockholm or a WTA tournament in the Luxembourg. Yeah, great!

 

- You're avid for any tennis news. The reform of the tiebreak in the fifth set in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas? You have an opinion about it!

 

- You're also afraid of being awakened by the ghost of Del Potro when you fall asleep. Brrrr...

 

- You still haven't seen a French win a Grand Slam tournament. And you know that unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will happen in the near future...

 

- However you still loved Gasquet's season. Very correct.

 

 

- You also liked the emergence of Mladenovic, Bencic, Svitolina, Keys... However, among men, the next generation is slow to show.

 

- You can already see tennis news pages becoming people pages by the end of the year. The announced wedding of Pennetta and Fognini? That's so cute! The baby of Amelie Mauresmo? You cannot wait to see his little face!

 

- You find comfort from your mate who is a cycling enthusiast. He too lives difficult weeks, like at the end of every season...

 

- Come on you still decided to enjoy the last moments of this beautiful season and you know that you also deserved a few weeks of withdrawal without tennis on TV. It's even perfect to avoid weariness.

 

By Régis Delanoë