Sport writer predictions from 2018 of current top 10 relived including Alexander Zverev bizarrely as World Number One

Monday, 20 November 2023 at 10:00
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The Telegraph sports writers' prediction about the top 10 players in 2023 turned out to be pretty inaccurate.
Back in 2018, three different sports writers Simon Briggs, Charlie Eccleshare and Vicki Hodges made predictions about men’s singles top 10 in 2023. Interestingly two out of three predicted Germany’s Alexander Zverev to be a top-ranked player in the men’s singles category.
Briggs was the only one who picked Canada’s Denis Shapovalov to be the top-ranked player in men’s tennis. Greece’s tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was tipped to become world number two by Eccleshare and number three by Briggs.
Interestingly, none of the current top-five players was picked by any of the writers to feature in the top-10 in 2023.
As things stand, Serbia’s legendary tennis star Novak Djokovic is leading the ATP Ranking with 11,245 live points. Spain’s young tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz is second on the list with 8,855 live points.
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who finished as the runner-up in the fourth and the final Grand Slam of the year, is placed third with 7,600 points. Italy’s Jannik Sinner, who had a strong finish to 2023, is fourth on the list with 6,490 live points.
Russia’s Andrey Rublev is fifth on the list with 4,805 points. Zverev is currently placed in the seventh position whereas Greece’s Tsitsipas is sixth in the list.

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