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.
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.
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
With Wimbledon, the sport’s biggest event, set to start on Monday, it’s probably no surprise that several dads are leading contenders for the coveted gentlemen’s title. Yet ironically one father, who is not even a player, may end up being part of the biggest story of the fortnight if history does come to pass. Continue reading
Friday was a relatively quiet day for Andy Murray on Twitter. But he did pose perhaps not only the most important question of the week, but perhaps of the year.
UK’s own Andy Murray is very much missed at this week’s ATP World Tour Finals. But the Wimbledon champion made his presence felt on Twitter during opening day at the O2 Arena.
#Wimbleweird, #Wimblepun, #Wimbledumb, #Wimbledone. These were just a few of the creative Twitter hashtags used by many to describe this past fortnight that proved once again that every 20 years or so usually everything that you never expected would happen on the biggest stage of tennis, actually will. Continue reading