The sky is the limit and the possibilities endless at the first major of the season. In theory, each of the leading contenders in the ATP and WTA starts 2014 with a clean slate. In reality, some will arrive at the 2014 Australian Open with much to gain and little to lose, while others seek simply to protect their territory.
Tennis gave us some of the expected, some of the unexpected and much of the memorable in a 2013 filled with twists. here are tennis view’s choices for some of the most compelling storylines of the year.
The second Premier Five tournament in two weeks, the WTA event in Cincinnati features all of the top 20 women.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic seeks a special place in history at Cincinnati, while his rivals seek to consolidate their status as US Open contenders.
As any professional tennis player will tell you, every tournament is a new tournament, every match is a new match, every day is a new day. But even the greatest champions cannot erase memories altogether, allowing elation or heartbreak to glow or fester.
Two former US Open champions claimed titles on opposite coasts, while a star from the recent past launched her latest comeback.
: The tallest man in the top 50 and the shortest woman in the top 50 kicked off the US Open Series with titles at Atlanta and Stanford.
Three European clay events filled the last week before the US Open Series begins. These tournaments attracted two of the greatest players in tennis history despite their minor status. Read about how Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and their rivals fared
Five small tournaments unfolded in the week after Wimbledon on two surfaces and two continents. You might see a few unfamiliar names in this article who could become more familiar in the future.
This sequel to an article on the Wimbledon champions and finalists looks at some of the other stars, disappointments, and surprises from the last two weeks.