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.
In a year that most people want to forget, 2016 proved a tough one to bear for the tennis world as well, with a variety of controversies, blunders, and one very bad meltdown. While it’s impossible to go through them all, here’s a not so fond look back at some of the moments that made tennis fans cringe, moan, and cover their eyes all year.
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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.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, with her two dramatic three set wins, and an impromptu haircut now seen around the world, has become the breakout star at this week’s WTA Finals in Singapore. A fact made more impressive given that she is actually the oldest player, at age 31, in the draw. But if anyone was perhaps due an exciting final act in what has been a career of stellar highs and stunning lows, it is Kuznetsova.
The 2016 US Open opened with a new roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium and closed two weeks later with two new singles champions. With neither top seed claiming the title, and with at least one Number One ranking changing hands, the question remains if this is the start of a new era, or merely a brief time out in what has been almost near domination by two of the sport’s biggest stars.
Former US Open Champion and World No. 1 Andy Roddick returned to live tennis commentary via Periscope. While Roddick commentated on both the Serena Williams/Vania King and Juan Martin del Potro/Steve Johnson second round matches, it was a comment he made when answering a question about Nick Kyrgios that generated a lot of response, at least on my own Twitter response timeline after I posted the comment.
While I don’t remember the actual question, this is what Roddick said about Kyrgios.
After posting this, I received many responses to it. Debates about Kyrgios and his personality are nothing new.
The US Open starts next week. The last major of the season is looking ahead to the future with a mixture of excitement and perhaps, reluctance. While the long awaited and much needed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is now in place ready for use, New York’s favorite player won’t be there to play underneath it. Continue reading