Spain, the home team, drew a great crowd to the main court, but the United States and Australia — winners of more Davis Cups than any other nations — played on much smaller, quieter stages.
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At the top men’s tennis team event, the emotions were real, even if the crowds were underwhelming.
Tsitsipas, 21, became the youngest champion at the year-end event since 2001, winning a back-and-forth title match that extended to a third-set tiebreaker.
The racket Williams broke in her chaotic United States Open final against Naomi Osaka in 2018 has become an unusual piece of sports memorabilia.
Thiem has won five titles this year and reached the semifinals of the ATP Finals, where only one member of the so-called Big Three stands in his way.
Only one American has been among the 24 players in singles or doubles at the elite year-end tennis tournament.
The accomplished doubles team’s retirement announcement was the third high-profile one this week, as Tomas Berdych and Dominika Cibulkova also ended their careers.
On Sunday, Kristina Mladenovic upset No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and teamed with Caroline Garcia to win the decisive doubles match.
The Italian player needed a little help from Denis Shapovalov to make the year-end tournament, but he got it.
With some rules adjustments, players and the tours hope to bring the doubles game into the spotlight.
The year-end tournament is the only significant title missing from his résumé, but another injury threatens his chances.
The decade belonged to Serena Williams, but its final year belonged to young stars like Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu and Coco Gauff.
The WTA created a Legacy Fund to support the early players on the women’s pro tour who missed out on a pension.
The big names are already in, but the fight for the final two slots remains tight.
A few years ago he was ranked outside the top 50, but he had a winning streak that landed him at No. 8.
There are nuances, like increased crowd noise and echo, which can pump up or unnerve players.
For years, women have been fighting for larger paydays, and this one is huge.
After years in Istanbul and Singapore, the tournament will be parked in Shenzhen for 10 years.
This is the last big tournament of the season, and many players are staggering to the end.
Mr. Parker, who was involved in multiple controversies in recent years, will become executive chairman of the sportswear company.