While tennis tournaments like the ATP World Tour Finals and the WTA Tour Championships are supposed to decide who had the best professional tennis season, one must look at the overall body of work to truly determine which tennis player had the finest 2014. Here are 3 of the contenders for this prize:
Rafael Nadal – Although his year was largely blighted by injury, Nadal played fantastically in the spring and won his annual French Open Grand Slam title. He also reached the 2014 Australian Open final and won the Qatar Open, Rio Open, and Madrid Open. Unfortunately, his injury troubles have persisted, which have again shortened his season, resulting in his absence during the US Open. While his bright early start boded well, his inability to play well in the fall counts against Rafa.
Novak Djokovic – The world number 1 man, Djokovic to me had the finest 2014 season of any man. While a shaky start to the year threatened to hurl him off of his pedestal, Novak really came on in the late spring to claim titles at the BNP Paribas Open, Sony Open, and the Rome Masters. In the summer he took the sport’s biggest prize by winning Wimbledon. In the fall he’s done well too, taking the China Open recently. And while he only took 1 Grand Slam, he performed well at the others making deep runs and always being a contender. Certainly the year’s top man.
Serena Williams – In the women’s game, no one can compete with Serena, and she takes home the prize for best 2014, earning yet another US Open title. However, it has actually been a tough year for Williams full of confusing injuries. She got off to a great start winning the Brisbane Open, but then lost early at the Australian Open. But she recovered quickly, taking the Sony Open and Rome Masters. Injuries would ruin chances at the French Open and Wimbledon, but in the summer Serena caught fire. In a tremendous run she would win the Bank of the West Classic, the Western & Southern Open, and the US Open (in which she didn’t drop a single set!). Due to how well she has battled through her injuries, I feel that Serena Williams once again had the greatest 2014 of any tennis player, and still stands tall as the best woman in the game, still overpowering and dominant at age 33!
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