Approaching the end of the year only means one thing to tennis fans: the year-end championships. Much like the Hunger Games, there will blood. There will be tears. There might even be a full body cramp. And there’s no better way to celebrate the upcoming WTA and ATP World Tour Finals by casting its players as Hunger Games characters.
I mean, is it a coincidence that the ATP Finals are in London, a place with a similar climate to the first Hunger Games’ arena? The WTA Finals are in Singapore, a place with a climate similar to the second Hunger Games’ arena. Clearly, the WTA and ATP are run by closet Hunger Games fans. As always, Advantage, Jennifer Lawrence.
Without further ado, let’s examine the who’s who out of the Tennis Hunger Games. May the challenges be ever in your favor.
NOTE: This is an amalgamation of the Hunger Games characters from both the first and second movies, if they were all put into an arena of doom. Just go with it.
These four have been around the block and know what’s up. They have been slaying the game and taking no prisoners for a while now, just like the Careers in the Hunger Games. However, will this be the year where someone new ends up on top? We have a couple of underdogs who have shaken up their respective tours this year and have a good chance of emerging victorious.
Simona Halep/Genie Bouchard
Simona Halep is the Girl on Fire. She has fought her way into the top 10 of the WTA rankings. Though she’s dropped below her career high, we can’t count her out just yet. She’s just as formidable of a threat as she was when she was ranked No. 2.
On the other hand, you could also argue that Genie Bouchard is the real Girl on Fire. Just like Katniss, she’s young, looks like a movie star, and has something to prove. Hopefully, the two will play against each other so we can figure out who the real Katniss Everdeen is.
Will the real Girl on Fire please stand up?
The lovable bread prince is the equally lovable Kei Nishikori. The injury-rattled rising star came out firing at the US Open by upsetting two of this year’s Grand Slam champions in Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, much like how Peeta showed his worth in the Hunger Games despite seeming to be a liability. Nishikori’s ascent hasn’t stopped yet, as he claimed the Japan Open title last week, and looks to be in great shape for the upcoming ATP World Tour Finals in London.
The two-time Wimbledon champion is the perfect Johanna. Johanna is a former Hunger Games victor, and Kvitova’s a former WTA Finals winner. Johanna was out for blood, and Kvitova will be too. She’s shot back up to No. 3 in the rankings and, with the way she’s been playing, it’s not far off to say she’ll be giving Williams and Sharapova a run for their money. Her loss at the China Open to Sharapova should help fuel her fire for when she comes out swinging at the WTA Finals.
I’ll admit, the biggest reason I have for comparing Dimitrov to Finnick is because they are both very attractive human beings. However, they are both charming and good at what they do, so I guess the comparison doesn’t stop there. The defending champion of the Stockholm Open, Dimitrov is only three matches away from becoming a two-time champ. A win in Sweden would give him the confidence needed should he qualify for London.