It's not that I want to see the '11 season end: Let them play year-round, I always say! (Don't let Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer see that...)
For some reason, I'm really into following who's going to make it into the ATP and WTA year-end championship events. It's great that you have players such as Li Na qualifying for the first time. It's also exciting to see hopefuls like Mardy Fish and Andrea Petkovic so close to joining Li.
Then you have players like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer, who have been there before but haven't made it a habit like Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic.
Speaking of Djokovic, how amazing would that be if he capped off this insane season with a win in London? That's the perfect way to bookend a year: Federer did it last year after starting the season with a win at the Australian Open.
Nadal couldn't pull it off the year prior, but he has to be motivated to take the '11 year-end championship, particularly as it's the only major title he's missing.
If you were to switch back over to the women's side for a minute, world number-one Caroline Wozniacki didn't capture a Grand Slam title but beating her peers that did would be a nice way to go into 2012.
And how about the old standbys that just won't be there? A shout-out to the Andy Roddicks and Serena Williamses (well, not that she played the YEC much anyway) of the world.
There's plenty of excitement and intrigue wrapped up in "the race"--enough to get me caught up in it weeks before the end!
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.