Year-end Championships: Super Bowl or All-Star Game?

The top players in the world are gathering at the tours' year-end championships. But what's really at stake? The pageantry of the events cannot be denied, but the outcomes will do little to alter tennis' pecking order.

Originally Published: November 5, 2008
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

As the 2008 tennis season draws to a close, each of the tours is commencing on its year-end championship. In theory, these events are intended to conclude the year in a playoff-style manner, conclusively settle matters related to the rankings, and perhaps even offer a hint of what's on the horizon in the year to come.

Without a doubt, these events have often staged superb matches. The players are fully aware of one another's games, guaranteed six-figure checks regardless ...

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