A new year brings a new tennis season, and with it, the promise of exciting matches and intriguing storylines. Organizers of the Australian Open are hoping both will be in abundance during the two-week long first Grand Slam of the year. While defending champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will be hoping to repeat as winners, the by far massive sentimental favorite is just happy to be back playing, along with everybody else who follows the sport.
2016 in the tennis world was a year full of change and surprise. Here’s a quick look back at those players and highlights that stood out the most in this most memorable of years.
Top of the Charts
2016 was indeed a year of change including at the top of the tennis rankings. With breakthough, and career changing seasons, Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray closed out the year both as year-end No.1s.
Since the clock is close to running out on 2015, here’s a very quick look back at the players and moments that stood out to me the most this year. Continue reading
Profanity, swearing, and obscenities flowed with free abandon from players and spectators alike at this year’s Australian Open. Not only verbally, but likely inside the heads of many as certain matches reached their conclusion. No wonder Kim Sears earned rave reviews for modeling a “Parental Advisory” t-shirt during the men’s final. Sometimes the whole event felt like it was being played for two weeks with AC/DC as its soundtrack from start to finish. Continue reading
Ana Ivanovic won a tennis match at a Grand Slam. Serena Williams lost a tennis match at a Grand Slam.
While both being statements of fact, the second one continues to be met with a certain amount of disbelief. Williams is considered unbeatable. So when she does lose, especially at a major, it is treated as something of an impossible cosmic event. Like the appearance of baby lambs raining down from the sky. (That’s the first improbable image that popped into my head, you choose your own.) Continue reading
Before the mid 1990’s, the Australian Open was viewed as something of an embarrassment. Aging facilities and being scheduled at the end of a long tennis season caused many top players to skip the event completely. That all changed thanks to a massive event overhaul and recommitment to making the players feel welcomed. The result – the now first major of the year is cited as the favorite of many pros and fans earning it the unofficial nickname of “the happy Slam”. Continue reading
This year’s will be very special at the Australian Open as it will be the 100th time the Men’s Singles event will be contested. A total of 59 men have won the title, which begs the question will we once again have a repeat winner as we did with Novak Djokovic or will someone new win the event for the first time, making them Champion No. 60? Continue reading