Tennis Abides: 2016 Year End Awards

Women’s Player of the Year: Angelique Kerber Kerber’s award is built upon two tent poles, namely her Australian and US Open titles. Yet, her Wimbledon runner-up finish and silver medal in Rio demonstrated Kerber’s capacity to sting together multiple quality results.  That is a key for being number one.  Her Cincinnati and Tour Championship runner-up…

Final Power Ranking for 2016: Murray Surges to End the Year

Final Power Ranking for 2016 Andy Murray – Tune-in tomorrow to see who my player of the year for men is, but my Power Ranking’s unscientific approach is to weight to recent results the most.  Murray won every tournament match he played after the US Open including a win over Novak Djokovic to close the World…

The Impact of 2016 on Hall of Fame Candidacies

Already In Entering 2016 Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova entered 2016 with the status that only something devastating could prevent their eventual enshrinement. Novak’s Nole Slam & Masters 1000 hauls, Serena’s 22nd major, Rafa’s gold medal in doubles, and Venus’ silver medal in mixed doubles all added…

The 10 Best Tennis Stories of 2016

Novak Djokovic Reigns at all 4 Majors – Don’t expect to see this happen again.  It might happen again, but no male player had held all 4 major trophies simultaneously since 1969.  Steffi Graf held all 4 majors at the end of 1988 and after the 1989 Australian Open.  Serena Williams twice held all 4 majors…

Petra Kvitova Attacked

I have no special words and do not know any details beyond what has been reported regarding Petra Kvitova being attacked during a home robbery and sustaining injuries. Petra Kvitova underwent hand surgery after this attack. I hope the tennis world rallies around her.  Focus on the sport of tennis can wax and wane due…

Thomas Muster: What Was and What Might Have Been

I am not sure anyone can overstate what Muster did to come back from his injuries in early 1989.  An automobile accident in Miami nearly cost Muster his life.  In 1989, Muster reached the Australian Open semifinal round losing to Ivan Lendl and had reached the championship round at Masters Miami hours before being injured…