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.
“You Didn’t See That Coming. Did You?”
That’s what a friend said to me a day after the French Open men’s final that ended with Stan Wawrinka holding up the coveted trophy with a surprise but well-earned victory. “Stanimal”, as he’s known, may have seen the title in his future. But like my friend, few in the tennis world would have predicted Wawrinka winning against the man many felt was destined to finally do so in Novak Djokovic. Now that reality is slowly sinking in, including for Wawrinka, that yes he really did win another major, the next question for the “Stan the Man” is – can he do it again? Continue reading
2014 proved a memorable year with surprise upsets, historic victories and unexpected exits from the sport. Here’s a look back, and remember, these selections are my personal opinion. Continue reading