Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
What would be the top 10 most talked about tennis news for 2011? At the top of the list would have to be the stunning accomplishments of Novak Djokovic. With 42 consecutive wins and the rise to No. 1 in the ATP rankings, puts the Serb at the top of the world in men’s tennis. Dominating against living legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the Serbian sensation circled the globe with his tennis court antics and a level of fitness that got the attention of athletes from all sports. His gluten free diet generated an enormous wave of interest and popularity with hundreds of thousands of articles, posts, tweets and brought social media discussion into a frenzy.
Top 10 Most Talked About Tennis News for 2011
Journalist Jon Wertheim writes:
1. We’re a spoiled bunch, us tennis fans. First we get the unsurpassed play of Roger Federer. Then comes Rafael Nadal. And in 2011, a Third King arrives. In a thoroughly dominating year, Novak Djokovic won three Grand Slams, 10 titles overall, 70 matches (against six losses) and a record $12.6 million in prize money.
2. Li’s major breakthrough. Innumerable industries are trying to penetrate China and tap into the world’s largest market. Sports are no exception. Tennis established a promising beachhead when Li Na won the French Open, the sport’s first Chinese Grand Slam winner. Her tennis is complemented by a dynamic personality: Here is a tattooed, sharp-tongued maverick who, tired of waiting, proposed to her husband.
3. The power trio. Only Juan Martin del Potro’s 2009 U.S. Open victory interrupted the streak compiled by Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. For all of tennis’ challenges, this is just an exceptional, top-heavy era, three champions playing at an unprecedented level. We should celebrate this and enjoy it while it lasts.
4. New WTA star arrives. Petra Kvitova, does a convincing impersonation of a champion. She was particularly impressive during her debut at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, where the 21-year-old went unbeaten in five matches to seal the year-ending No. 2 ranking.
5. Stosur flips the script. The biggest occasion of her career, the 27-year-old Aussie pounded Serena Williams and kept her head while her opponent lost hers. The result: the first major of her career. And a rewrite of her reputation.
With the top 10 most talked about tennis news for 2011, the stars at the top of their game present a feast for sports media journalists and fans alike. With Petra Kvitova rising in the ranks in women’s tennis, the potential for her to hit No. 1 in WTA rankings is likely, and the likes of Li Na stirring the Chinese community to a new focus within her sport brings her into the limelight as never before. Women’s tennis now opens new doors for increasing competition for coveted rankings for both new and long-standing players.
6. Serena being Serena. Say this about Serena Williams: It’s never boring. The best player of her generation missed the first half of the year with a variety of injuries and a potentially life-threatening embolism. Williams returned at Wimbledon, but unable to shake the rust, she lost in the fourth round. She looked inviolate for the first six rounds of the U.S. Open. Then she lost her head in the final. And she didn’t play another match in 2011.
7. Missing you … and you … and you … It’s become as much a part of the game as white shorts, calluses and erratic television coverage. But tennis’ injury-o-rama was worse than ever in 2011. Djokovic’s bid for the Best Season Ever was undone by fatigue. Nadal was injured the first month of the season and seldom 100 percent physically throughout the year. Kim Clijsters won the Australian Open, but missed the last two Slams with injuries. Neither Serena nor Venus played after September. Newcomer Milos Raonic did a significant stretch on the IR list. Same for Robin Soderling and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
8. Reign in Spain. Spain’s fifth Davis Cup triumph since 2000 and third in four years is an achievement grande, especially in these days of relentless globalization. In the final against Argentina, played in front of a massive crowd in Seville, Nadal was heroic, capping what was otherwise a disappointing year and reminding all, that he remains the King of Clay.
9. Change at the top. With the players (labor) and the tournaments (management) increasingly at odds, the job of serving both constituents at the same time is impractical. So it’s no surprise that the ATP changes its chief executive as often as some players change coaches. Brad Drewett, a former player and well-regarded voice of reason, Drewett is well-suited to the job.
10. This was the year the issue of grunting, well, reached a fever pitch. Players making unpleasant noises as they swing is hardly a new development. The WTA’s response was, well, tin-eared and clumsily dismissive. The result? It lost control of the message and soon grunting was being spoofed on The Office, mocked by other players and, worse still, cited by fans as a reason for tuning out. Click here to visit the original source of this post
A legitimate top 10 most talked about tennis news for 2011 stands at the end of a season filled both with peak fitness and performance and debilitating injuries. This mix played a vital role in international tennis, and heralded unexpected outcomes, and created up opportunities for newcomers, and opened doors for veterans to seize the day.
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