Portugal's Joao Sousa says his goals for 2020 remain the same - becoming a better player and trying to finish the year as high as possible in the rankings. According to Agencia Lusa, Sousa, whose schedule for the first three months includes Auckland, the Australian Open, Montpellier, Rotterdam and Marseille, “My wishes are always the same.
Being a better player, adapting to the current tennis, trying to finish the year as best as possible in the ranking, continue to do what I like, which is playing tennis, and enjoy. I haven't set goals for next season yet, I'm more focused on recovering 100%."
Currently recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, Sousa says the Olympic Games continues to remain a priority for him in 2020. "The Olympic Games is one of the priority goals for 2020. I've been to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and it was a unique experience.
And the truth is that it would be a pride for me to be present at these Tokyo Olympics. It will certainly be a priority." Sousa also says he also wants to focus more on doubles with Spanish friend Pablo Carreno-Busta.
“We will give priority to singles, of course, but this year I am going to make a more serious partnership with Pablo Carreño-Busta. Let's bet a little more on the doubles and play more often together. The priority is to play the best tournaments in the world, the Grand Slams, the Masters 1000, the 500 and 250 tournaments and stay on top of the world's elite."
Speaking about the NextGen players and their ability to win a Grand Slam in 2020, Sousa says, "In the Grand Slams, it is always a little harder for young players. 'Big 3' has a great experience in terms of Grand Slam and playing in five sets.
It is undoubtedly much harder for 'NextGen' to beat these players at these events." Sousa adds that players like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Frances Tiafoe have a lot of potential and will be able to contend with the Big Three.
He is also a big fan of 18-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner. "These are players who can perfectly contend with the 'Big 3. Sinner, to me, is a great player. In the future, he will be even better, but he is already demonstrating that.
I ran into him in Halle this year and he is a very young player with amazing talent. I believe he will be a player who we will have to talk a lot about in the future."