The 2019 fall season was packed with viral moments, milestone victories and baffling changes in direction. Let's reflect on the Aces and Faults from the end of the year, first with the highlights and now with the lowlights.
In Shanghai, after receiving a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, Roger Federer shuts down a reporter’s question about it.
Yessir the king has spoken, always tryna find the negatives, the bigger the story the bigger the pay check, Rog you absolute legend hahaha https://t.co/tMWnyVXGsJ— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) October 12, 2019
After going 1–8 in 2019, am injury-plagued Jack Sock loses all of his ATP points and becomes unranked. He ends the year ranked No. 119 in doubles and makes the Davis Cup team in Madrid.
Just after reaching the final of an ITF 60K in Asuncion, Paraguay, Sara Errani defends her underarm serving to her critics. Videos of her underarm serves had been circling for months.
Sara Errani has hit an average of 15 DFs/match this year. I've wondered how that could happen and decided to watch ONE of her service game. She hit two DFs in the game I watched and this was the horrendous DF she hit on set point. Very concerning.— Quentin ♣???????? (@AceForJulia) April 9, 2019
Any explanation is welcomed. pic.twitter.com/jK9PblQ1x6
Abigail Spears is provisionally suspended by the ITF after testing positive for testosterone and prasterone.
On November 7 at an ITF in Las Vegas, a confrontation erupts between Katherine Sebov and Alycia Parks over a handshake.
In Houston, Eugenie Bouchard, ranked No. 220 in the world, snaps a 13-match losing streak but then retires after playing just three games in the third round.
Tomas Berdych joins Dominika Cibulkova, David Ferrer, Janko Tipsarevic, Marcos Baghdatis, Lucie Safarova, Nicolas Almagro, and Mikhail Youzhny as 2019 retirees.
Reilly Opelka reveals that Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe can’t dunk a basketball.
Coco Gauff claims Chris Eubanks also can't dunk, but he quickly defends himself on the TENNIS.com Podcast.
Caroline Wozniacki announces that the 2020 Australian Open will be her last tournament.
Andy Murray reveals he will miss the 2020 Australian Open with a pelvic injury. Kei Nishikori and Lucas Pouille also withdraw from the first Slam of the year.