After all the good premises, the months of expectations, the positive general conditions, and talent available, Australian men's tennis has experienced another year of transition, in which tennis players who have played will have plenty to regret for some situations and some attitudes that didn’t favor their performances through 2016.
This season was supposed to be the year of change, a year in which tennis players rush from the Australian National team prove to the world that their country didn’t live more glorious memories of the past but of a bright future, where the Australian men's tennis was once again take the center stage.
Needless to deny that the great challenges of tennis between USA and Australia lack both the crowd, as the media, that the fans, but also nostalgic. What has fundamentally missed in the Aussies tennis players this season has been a proactive and positive attitude and a mindset that would bring the players to focus on their sport, that's their job.
As we have repeatedly said, talent is useless if it is not supported by a well balanced mentality and a right attitude. Nick Kyrgios won three tournaments in 2016, his first three career ATP titiles, in Marseille, Atlanta and Tokyo, defeating opponents such as Marin Cilic, John Isner and David Goffin.
It would not be a year to throw away for the young tennis player, but he has not performed well in the Slams, where all expected a lot more, and above all, he has ruined what could still be considered a good season with the inappropriate attitude in the match against Mischa Zverev, at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, which led the ATP to disqualify him for six weeks.
Bernard Tomic was instead the protagonist of a disastrous season, from all points of view. The twenty-four will have to try to figure out what he wants to do with his career, because it is unacceptable that a player of his talent will be remembered in 2016 for denied and controversial behavior on and off the court.
Thanasi Kokkinakis instead disappeared from the radar of tennis that counts, after the affair of last year, which involved him in spite of himself, his countryman Kyrgios, his former girlfriend Donna Vekic and Stan Wawrinka.
From Kokkinakis were expecting great progress, which didn’t come on time, accomplices also some injuries and choices not really understand. Now, in conclusion, there are some considerations that we can do. The Australian men's tennis has some amazing weapons: talented young players with a great future ahead.
And yet if they want to be the new protagonists of the Australian tennis in the coming years, they will not rely only on their talent, which, as seen up to now, is not enough, but they should try to change their attidutine and their behavior in order to get back competitive in 2017.