2013 in Review: The Rundown + Podcast

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December 31, 2013 by Parveer Mann

Originally published on Back Row Sports.

All December long, the blog will take a look back at the highlights, lowlights and moments that defined the 2013 Tennis season.

It’s a wrap. As the 2013 calendar year draws to an end, here’s a month by month collection of the best stories, events and links this year.

January

  • Victoria Azarenka wins another Australian Open but not before taking an infamous medical timeout and becoming everyone’s favourite player to hate.
  • Novak Djokovic wins his third straight Australian Open and begins to assert himself into the conversation as an all-timer. Surprisingly, it would be his only Grand Slam title of the year.
  • Bernard Tomic breaks through with his first ATP win in Sydney and then his world falls apart. Talk about peaking early.

February

  • He’s back. Rafael Nadal returns from a seven month layoff and promptly loses to Horacio Zeballos in the Vina del Mar finals. As a result, the inevitable questions arise if Nadal will ever return to former greatness?
Zeballos (R) gave Nadal his first loss of the year (and it was on clay!) (Image available on worldtennismagazine.com)

Zeballos (R) gave Nadal his first loss of the year (and it was on clay!) (Image available on worldtennismagazine.com)

March

  • Nadal wins Indian Wells. It’s the first real sign that he’s all the way back after winning on his least successful surface.
  • Tennis meets March Madness. The men’s final between Andy Murray and David Ferrer in Miami goes the distance but not before most viewers miss it (CBS shifts coverage to Tennis Channel for NCAA Basketball coverage).

April

Newly-minted Porsche endorser Maria Sharapova defends her Stuttgart title. (Image available on www.dailymail.co.uk)

Newly-minted Porsche endorser Maria Sharapova defends her Stuttgart title. (Image available on http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

May

  • Another Roger/Rafa clash. These two legends faceoff for the 30th time at the finals in Rome. Nadal wins easily, something he would do all year against Federer (H2H: Nadal 4-0 in 2013).
  • Federer becomes social. The Swiss star enters the Twitter fray and instantly is a big hit. His #AskRF chats are easily some of the best tennis-related events the internet has to offer.

  • Andy Murray sits out the French Open but still stays in the conversation with his witty online snark.

June

July

  • The Kingdom relishes. After 77 years, Andy Murray overcomes historic British collapses to capture his first Wimbledon crown. Record TV audiences in the UK are riveted by the Scottish star and that excruciating last service game.

andy-murray-wimbledon

  • The Smartest Woman in the Room. The sole survivor on the women’s side is the unlikely Marion Bartoli who wins her first Grand Slam. She did so six years after her only other shot at a Grand Slam.
  • Martina Hingis leads the Class of 2013 in Newport during the annual International Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Her status as a retired Hall of Famer would not last long as she would jump back into doubles action later that summer.

August

Milos and Vasek were the proud torchbearers during Canada's huge year. (Image available on cbc.ca)

Milos and Vasek were the proud torchbearers during Canada’s huge year. (Image available on cbc.ca)

September

October

November/December

  • Novak wins ATP World Tour Finals. He ends the season how he began it with a significant title. Despite losing the number one ranking. Djokovic remains poised to be a huge factor in 2014.
  • Czech Republic and Italy triumph. Both nations win another Davis Cup and Fed Cup respectively.
  • Coaching carousel. The men’s and women’s coaching ranks go through major upheaval with many big names returning (Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, and Michael Chang).

Note: You can download our most recent episodes of the podcast on our SoundClound page.

Happy New Year and thanks for reading this year. See you all in 2014!

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