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'Twas the tennis season to be jolly

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Editor's Pick 26 Dec 2012, 19:40 IST
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Christmas is done and Santa has successfully delivered over 1 billion presents across the world.

And I didn’t get one. I’m not sure if that is because I’m no longer a kid, or if I have been very naughty this year.

But 2012 was a very good tennis season. For tennis lovers across the world, this season had plenty of gifts to offer. So here is the 2012 season, expressed in the spirit of the season.

5. Caro the tennis player,
Has a very Rory beau.
She was the World No. 1 player,
with no Grand Slams to show.

Olympic Village Arrivals

I like Caroline Wozniacki. She and Rory are tennis’ very own power couple. Perhaps second only to the Agassis. But 2012 was a nightmarish season for her. In 2011, despite not winning a major, she held on to the World No. 1 rank for over a year. Her results in the tour events and the fact that no other player had consistent Grand Slam results ensured that she stayed on the top. But after Kim Clijsters defeated her in the Australian Open, she lost the World No. 1 rank and we saw her fall directly to No. 4. Ahead of her rose Azarenka, Sharapova and Kvitova – and all three were Slam winners. And then, as if she suddenly forgot her tennis, she slipped out of the top 10. She also attracted a lot of negative criticism for her charades during the Gillette tour. But she had a slight improvement towards the latter part of the season and finished the year at No. 10.

Come on Caro! Let’s see less of your antics and let’s see you back closer to the top.


4. You better watch out,
You better not miss.
Better know this,
I’m telling you why.
Rafa Nadal is coming back!

He’s making progress,
Uncle Toni is impressed,
Gonna kick-ass of Djoker and everyone else.
Rafa Nadal is coming Baaaack!

Rafael Nadal Attends 'Champions Drink Responsibly' in Sitges

Or not!

In light of his statement yesterday, this might be a little premature. But honestly, haven’t we all been dying to see Rafa on court already? The biggest lay-off of his career just got a little longer after he got infected with a stomach virus. He has withdrawn from the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next week. So if he does play in the Australian Open, he would be woefully short on match practice. Not the most cheerful bit of holiday news for Rafa fans.

Vamos Rafa! We want to see you back on the court. Get well soon!


3. Silent Wait. Heart-breaking wait.
Lendl came, and changed his game.
Then young Aaaandy, played with heart.
Loss to Roger didn’t tear him apart.
In Flushing we seeeeeeee,
Young Andy winning a trophy!

2012 US Open - Day 15

Yes sire! This was our very own ‘A Christmas Carol’ story of the year. Andy ‘Scrooge’ Murray had all the talent in the world. But he was very miserly. He never won a Major. And all his countrymen could only just sit and wonder. But in 2012, with the help of Ivan Lendl, who is also very Scrooge-like with his expressions, the ghost of Fred Perry from Christmas’s Past was put to rest. In New York, he ended Britain’s long wait for a Grand Slam champion.

The best part – Lendl managed to muster a smile. That is the best present for this Christmas!


2. On the first day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
the Australian Open trophy!
On the second day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!
On the third day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!
On the fourth day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
Four consecutive Major finals, three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!
On the fifth day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
Five wins in WTF, Four consecutive Major finals, three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!

Winter Whites Gala - Arrivals

On the sixth day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
Six season titles, Five wins in WTF, Four consecutive Major finals, three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!
On the Seventh day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
Seven team members (including coach and girl-friend), Six season titles, Five wins in WTF, Four consecutive Major finals, three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!
On the eighth day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
Eighty (six) percent match wins, Seven team members (including coach and girl-friend), Six season titles, Five wins in WTF, Four consecutive Major finals, three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!

On the ninth day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
Nine saved match points (5 to Murray and 4 to Tsonga), Eighty (six) percent match wins, Seven team members (including coach and girl-friend), Six season titles, Five wins in WTF, Four consecutive Major finals, three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!

On the tenth day of the Season the No. 1 gave to me,
Ten back-to-back sets against Andy and Rafa in the Aussie Open final, Nine saved match points (5 to Murray and 4 to Tsonga),               Eighty (six) percent match wins, Seven team members (including coach and girl-friend), Six season titles, Five wins in WTF, Four consecutive Major finals, three Grand Slam finals, two Masters titles, and the Australian Open trophy!


1. Good King Federer looked on,
on the greens of England.
He claimed the throne back there,
And became a Legend!

TENNIS-COLOMBIA-FEDERER-TSONGA

Roger Federer’s title at Wimbledon this year was like the return of a king. In his absence, the Sheriffs of Roland Garroshire and Melbourne-upon-Yarra had claimed the territory. After withstanding an assault from the French in the form of Julien Benneteau, he fought the Belgians and the Russians before confronting and overcoming the challenge from Count Djokovic in an epic semi-final. And in the final, it was ye ole’ Andy of Dunblane. The Swiss maestro prevailed in four thrilling sets. With this victory, he returned to No. 1 for a short period, enough to let him overcome the record of Pete Sampras and post a grand total of 302 weeks as the World No. 1.

Long live the King!

And season’s greetings to all!

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