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Its inevitable. The day after the US Open ends, the clarity and narratives that propelled tennis through most of the summer vanish.It doesnt help that the tours ramble off to relatively new outposts in Asia and Russia before wending their way back, at least in the case of the ATP, to a more traditional finale in Europe and London. Another stumbling block to clarity: Both tour calendars are crowded with tournaments, many competing directly with each other.Dont be fooled. Lets make some sense of what the tours have in store for us in the coming weeks.ATPWhats at stake?Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has a massive lead of nearly 5,000 ranking points over No. 2 Andy Murray. Thats the equivalent of a Grand Slam win and victories in three Masters 1000 events. Murrays lead over No. 3 Stan Wawrinka is also significant -- more than 3,000 points. With Roger Federer out for the year and Rafael Nadal at a distant No. 4 but still a shadow of his former combative self, there will be no musical chairs at the top level. From Nadal on down, though, almost everyone is either vulnerable or facing a significant opportunity.That opportunity would culminate with the year-end championships in London. The top eight players in the world qualify, and with Federer out, it opens the door for someone else. Right now Nadal sits in the eighth position in the race (not to be confused with the rankings). Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic are close behind; a strong finish could propel them into the seasons final event.Notable tournamentsThere are six ATP 250 events before the end of the year, starting with those now underway in France and Russia, respectively: Metz (defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga); St. Petersburg (Milos Raonic); Chengdu, China (new event, replacing Kuala Lumpur, won in 2015 by David Ferrer); Shenzhen, China, (Berdych); Stockholm, (Berdych); Antwerp, Belgium, (new event, replacing Valencia, Spain, won in 2015 by Joao Sousa); and the Kremling Cup in Moscow (Cilic).The four more prestigious ATP 500 events are played over just two double-up weeks. Beijing (China Open) and Tokyo (Japan Open) begin the first week in October. Djokovic is the defending champ in Beijing; Wawrinka won Tokyo in 2015. Murray is entered in Beijing, along with Nadal and Raonic. Wawrinka will be challenged by Kei Nishikori, Cilic, Gael Monfils and others in Japan.The other double-up 500 week is the last one in October, with Basel (Swiss Indoors) and Vienna (Austria) on the schedule. Federer is the defending champ in Basel, while Ferrer won in Vienna. With Federer out and Ferrer showing his age, its reasonable to expect two new champions to emerge. Wawrinka, Nadal and Raonic headline Basel, while Murray and Dominic Thiem lead the parade in Vienna.The two ATP 1000 events of the fall are Shanghai, during the second week of October, and Paris, which takes place the first week of November. They are mandatory for all players who qualify for entry by ranking. Djokovic won both last year. He also won the ATP World Tour Finals, which follows immediately.Players to watchRaonic, ranked No. 6 but nipping at the heels of No. 5 Nishikori as well as Nadal could make some moves in the rankings. Given Wawrinkas on-again, off-again nature, Raonic might even end up challenging the Stanimal for the No. 3 spot. Its all hard courts from here on in -- many of which will be played indoors. That suits Raonic just fine given the Wimbledon runner-up has a massive serve, a booming forehand and a growing appetite for ending points swiftly.Nishikori is a massive star in Asia, so theres always extra pressure on him during the fall. He also has been injury prone after a long year, and that could take its toll, especially in the ATP World Tour Finals, where only the best of the best play.WTAWhats at stake?Angelique Kerber snatched the No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams at the US Open; Williams has an excellent chance to get it back in time to finish the year on top. She did not play a single tournaments after the 2015 US Open, and Williams has no rankings points to lose the rest of the year. She can only add to her current total of 7,050. Kerber, who has 8,730 points, earned about 1,200 last fall. Right now, were waiting to see if Williams decides to play any fall ball this season.Like the ATP, the WTA will also host a year-end championships. It will take place the last week of October, in Singapore. Carla Suarez Navarraro holds the slimmest of leads (two points) over Madison Keys for the eighth and final spot, with Johanna Konta and Svetlana Kuznetsova also making a push.The tournamentsThe seven WTA International Series events that remain on the calendar award the winner with 280 points. They are, starting with the ongoing events in Seoul, South Korea, and Guangzhou, China (defending champions, respectively: Irina-Camelia Begu and Jelena Jankovic); Tashkent, Uzbekistan, (Nao Hibino); Tianjin, China (Agnieszka Radwanska); Hong Kong (Jankovic); Linz, Austria, (Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova); and Luxembourg (Misaki Doi).There are two Premier 12 level tournaments (470 points to the winner) events as well. The Toray Pan Pacific Open, in Tokyo, is going on this week. (Radwanska won it last year.) During the fourth week in October, its the Kremlin Cup, in Moscow (Kuznetsova).The two most important tournaments of the fall are back-to-back events starting next week in Wuhan, China. That one is the lone Premier 5, with the winner earning 900 points. (Venus Williams is your defending champ). It is immediately followed by the only Premier Mandatory, Beijings China Open. The winner there will rake in 1,000 ranking points, as Garbine Muguruza did last year. These will be particularly important battlegrounds this year.Finally, its the season-ending championships, where Radwanska, a surprise winner, prevailed a year ago.Players to watchTheres no question, Kerber has established herself as the first true rival Serena Williams has ever really faced since she hit her latest champions stride in 2012. Even combative Victoria Azarenka never got the best of Williams when it most counted, although the Belarusian came close a few times. Williams and Kerber could meet for the first time since they changed places in the rankings next week in Wuhan, and both could play Beijing as well. The events of the next few weeks could also tell a lot about 2017.Last year, Muguruza swooned after she reached the Wimbledon final, then crafted an impressive autumn surge. Can she do it again under similar circumstances, after having won the French Open?There are no Grand Slam titles at stake, but there are enough compelling storylines through November that could make for fun, captivating competition until the Aussie Open begins -- in 114 days. Cheap Reds Jerseys . Haas said he "felt a lot of pain" in his right shoulder when he slammed his racket to the ground in frustration after losing his serve at 3-3 in the first set. Cincinnati Reds Shirts . 1 position. The Mustangs (6-0), who beat Queens 50-31 last weekend, earned 17 first-place votes and 287 points in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada. Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. https://www.cheapredsjerseys.us/ . "Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. Cincinnati Reds Gear . Hey!" The lower tier of the School End of Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road was packed solid with a very festive-sounding Chelsea choral section in this particular part of South Africa Road London, W12. Fake Reds Jerseys . The Lightning are 2-0 so far on a four-game road trip, giving the club five straight wins as the guest and improving Tampas away record this season to 11-8-2. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Ryan Crouser won the shot put gold medal with an Olympic-record throw of 22.52 meters, leading world champion Joe Kovacs in a 1-2 finish for the United States.Crouser, 23, recorded the three best throws of his career, starting with 22.22 on his second attempt to take an early lead and improving it to 22.26 before his biggest shot of the night on his fifth attempt.Kovacs, who had the season-leading mark heading intoo the final, took silver at 21.dddddddddddd78, a result he said was bittersweet but satisfying. World indoor champion Tom Walsh of New Zealand won bronze at 21.36.Tomasz Majewski, who won the Olympic gold for Poland in 2008 and 2012, was a distant sixth, with a mark of 20.72 after opening with two fouls. ' ' '

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