Some players burst onto the ATP Tour and soar to super-stardom only to flame out, leaving fans disappointed.
In assessing the most disappointing careers on the ATP, expectations were measured. After all, if we never expected much from a player, how could he disappoint?
To make the most disappointing careers list the players must have been on tour at least five years. They had to have created enough buzz to join the "who's hot" list. Yet instead of keeping the heat on, their sizzle fizzled.
This list does not include those like Mardy Fish, who exceeded expectations from their first leap into the limelight. It also does not include those like James Blake or Lleyton Hewitt, "names" who had years of sustained success before losing steam with age.
This list is about those whose play elevated them to top-tier talk before they vanished from contention.
They displayed brilliance, created buzz and then went bust. They once dazzled before leaving us disappointed.