With 2015 less than 48 hours away, I don’t want to lollygag, dillydally or shilly shally around. This year, we saw the retirement of one of the most popular players on the WTA, Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki ran a marathon, and a bunch of people dumped buckets of ice on themselves for a great cause (including us).
Furthermore, we had eight different Grand Slam singles champions for the first time in 16 years! Could the Big 4 be no more?
But before we get to those, let’s give out some awards!
Shot of the Year
Kyrgios vs Nadal
Youzhny vs Lopez
Monfils vs Djokovic
Ivanovic vs Sharapova
Djokovic vs Raonic
Nadal vs Youhzny
Wawrinka vs Federer
Cibulkova vs Radwanska:
Kyrgios vs Nadal
Point of the Year
Djokovic vs Nadal
Federer vs Djokovic
Kerber vs Jankovic
Dmitrov vs Murray
Djokovic vs. Nadal
Player of the Year
It’s not so easy this year with 8 different players winning the 8 singles Grand Slam titles.
In a year where there was no clear player who dominated the field, Novak’s consistency is what stands out. QFs at Australian, finals at Roland Garros, champion at Wimbledon and SFs at US Open. Seven titles including the World Tour Finals. Year end No. 1.
What an up and down year it was for Serena. She did end strong but lost in the 4th round of Australian, lost in the 2nd round at Roland Garros, and lost in the 3rd round of Wimbledon. But Serena won seven titles, including the US Open and WTA Finals. Year end No. 1.
Not only did she go from No. 32 to No. 5 in the world this year, but she also claimed her first WTA title at Nürnberger Versicherungscup. Genie was the only player from both the WTA and ATP to make it to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
And now, we bring you our bold predictions for 2015! What are yours?
1. Dimitrov breaks through and wins a major this year…BOOM!
2. ATP player ready to break into the top 20: Martin Klizan
3. Year end top 5 (in order): Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Nishikori, Dimitrov
4. Eugenie breaks through and wins a major this year
5. WTA breakout player for 2015: Belinda Bencic
Serena will not win a slam. Risky, but I gotta do it! However, Wozniacki will finally win a slam along with either Bouchard or Halep. Up and comer Belinda Bencic will make a splash at a major.
We are going to see more young guns versus veterans in the semis and finals of grand slams. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic will all be fighting off injuries throughout the year and only one of the three will win a slam.
It pains me to say it, but Rafa will not win the French Open this year. Del Potro will try to make a comeback, hurt himself again and retire. On the WTA side: Simona Halep will win a Grand Slam and Serena will win at least 2.
– Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska win their first Grand Slam titles
– Andrea Petkovic breaks back into the Top 10
– Serena does not win a Grand Slam
– Federer wins Wimbledon
– Kei Nishikori wins his first Grand Slam
– Rafa finishes 2015 outside of the top 4
Ok, so I was a year off last year. THIS year, Milos will win a major…I’m thinking still the US Open!
Dolgopolov bounces back from his injuries and starts 2015 off with a good Aussie Open…making it at least to the quarterfinals. Breaking into the top 10 by the end of the year.
Tommy Haas makes a strong comeback and has a good showing in Miami but won’t be able to compete in every major due to injuries and sadly, retires before 2015 is over.
Petra Kvitova takes the WTA by storm and poses a threat to Serena’s No. 1 ranking! She also wins another major, either Wimbledon or the US Open (who knows, maybe both?).
Federer wins another major (Wimbledon maybe!?)
Dimitrov and Sharapova break up and one of their careers suffers because of it…!!!
Caro and Serena’s friendship goes through a hardship, but they remain BESTIES through the year…and Caro still won’t be able to beat Serena when it counts (unless she’s racing her at a marathon).
WTA: Eugenie finishes as year-end No. 1. Wozniacki wins the Australian.
Genie Bouchard will win her first grand slam title. Grigor Dimitrov will make it to a grand slam final. Stevie Johnson will become the top ranked American male player. Novak Djokovic will win 3 of the 4 grand slams. Camo will make an appearance in men’s tennis fashion 😉
Here’s to a spectacular 2015!