Roger Federer completed a career Slam and broke the singles titles in Majors record. Rafael Nadal won the Australian. Serena Williams won two Slams. Andy Murray got to 2 in the world. Andy Roddick lost an all-time match to Fed in the finals of Wimbledon. Spain won the Davis Cup and Italy the Fed Cup. Svetlana Kuznetsova finally won another Slam and Juan Martin del Potro picked up his first. Marat Safin and Amelie Mauresmo retired. Maria Sharapova made a comeback, and the king (or queen?) of comebacks was made by Kim Clijsters, who won her second career Major after being away from the game for a spell.
That's my "review" part!
I wanted to switch it up from last year when I looked back on all the calls I made over the season— the good, the bad and the ugly—and offer a brief look back on '09, as well as give some predictions for 2010. Will they happen? I don't know, I'm not Nostradamus! But what would TTA? be without some calls, however outlandish, being made? Here's a few things that I think will happen in 2010:
• Roger Federer wins Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic wins the Australian, Rafael Nadal the French and Andy Murray, the U.S. Open.
• Justine Henin wins the French and finishes in the top 5 in the rankings.
• Kim Clijsters plays the barest minimum of tournaments and steps away again at the end of the year.
• France wins the Davis Cup.
• Maria Sharapova will win a Major.
• Ana Ivanovic will be back solidly in the top 10, if not top 5.
• Serena should grab a Slam or two as well: So I have her, Sharapova and Henin possibly accounting for all four Majors. If anyone else sneaks in and grabs one, I'm going to say Dinara Safina.
• On the men's side, watch for big moves from Marin Cilic, Jeremy Chardy and Horacio Zeballos.
• For the women, look out for Aravene Rezai, Alize Cornet and Sania Mirza.
• And your number ones at the end of 2010? Andy Murray and Serena Williams.
Bookmark this post to check back through the year to see how I make out!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.