Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tournaments for the new year kick off this week with events ranging in locales from Australia to India in preparation for the year's first Major, the Australian Open. Big names are all out there ready to do battle: among them, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and David Ferrer.
There are others, of course, but these four are the creme de la creme. And why shouldn't they be considered that? You can't knock what they accomplished in 2012: Ferrer led the tour in titles, Murray captured his first Slam, Sharapova completed the career Slam and Serena's '12 needs no explanation.
It would be hard to discount their potential for the season ahead, so I won't do that here! Rather, I'm just glad to be able to catch them and their peers back in action. It's been too long.
(Even though the players themselves probably wouldn't say so!)
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