Tennis365’s A to Z of tennis for December: An ‘arrogant’ Lleyton Hewitt, a Fedal reunion and more
You may have missed some of important things that happened in the world of tennis in December, so here is your A to Z of tennis snapshot.
A is for ‘arrogant’’ Lleyton Hewitt: The Justin Gimelstob saga continues to put tennis in a bad light with John Isner accusing Lleyton Hewitt of “being arrogant”.
B is for bigger and better things for Serena Williams: Don’t ask Serena Williams about the 2018 US Open as she has moved onto “bigger and better things”.
C is for a chanting Novak Djokovic: Red Star Belgrade fan Novak Djokovic delivered on his promise to watch his team in the Champions League.
D is for deciding set tie-breakers: The Australian Open has become the latest Grand Slam to introduce tie-breakers for deciding sets.
E is for expansion: Yes, the Wimbledon expansion has received the go-ahead after a £65m deal was struck with the neighbouring golf course.
F is for Fedal reunion: It is happening, folks. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be teaming up at the 2019 Laver Cup after the latter confirmed his participation in the event.
G is for Grigor Dimitrov’s disastrous year: Our Michael Graham says Grigor Dimitrov’s disastrous year proves nothing is guaranteed for Alexander Zverev.
H is for heat stress scale: That’s the new heat policy that Australian Open officials have introduced.
H is also for Hula Hoop Wars featuring Andy Murray and his mother Judy: So who do you think came out on top in the battle of hula hoops?
I is for ITF world champions: And the awards for the 2018 International Tennis Federation world champions went to…
J is for Justin Gimelstob: Back to Justin Gimelstob and it is time for the ATP to take a hard line with the American “showman”.
K is for Kyle Edmund: Here is Kyle Edmund’s Report Card for his 2018 breakthrough season.
L is for Lip Sync Battle: Serena Williams and Andy Roddick will feature on the new season of Lip Sync Battle.
M is for Marcelo Rios: Former world No 1 Marcelo Rios has announced he plans to make a comeback at the age of 41.
N is for no live data and no live streaming for lower-tier events: That is the recommendation of the Independent Review Panel, who released its final report into corruption in tennis.
O is for Olympic dream: World No 1 Simona Halep has set her sights high for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Not only does she want to win a medal for Romania, but she also wants to be the flag-bearer.
P is for possible solutions to tactical toilet breaks and medical timeouts: Andy Murray has come up with a few suggestions on how to counter tactical toilet breaks and medical timeouts.
R is for rule changes: There will be increased rankings protection for returning mothers while female players can wear catsuits, should they wish to. Read more about the WTA rulebook update.
S is for sexism ‘sh*t’: Andy Murray once again took a stand against sexism in sport after winner Ada Hegerberg was asked if she twerked during the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony.
S is also for streaming: Greg Rusedski says streaming is the future and believes the move to Amazon can be good for tennis in the UK.
U is for unique metric: Who are the best servers of 2018 by unique metric – does Roger Federer feature?
W is for western rock lobster: Now what does a western rock lobster have to do with tennis? Well, if Roger Federer is holding one then it is newsworthy and makes our A to Z of tennis.
Y is for Yevgeny Kafelnikov: Our top story in December came from Yevgeny Kafelnikov after the Russian had a full go at Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova.
Z is for zest for life: Novak Djokovic remembered his zest for life after taking a snooze on the beach while on holiday with his family.
Roger Federer makes a surprise appearance as Laver Cup gets underway
Casper Ruud and Matteo Berrettini gave Team Europe a lead as the Laver Cup got under way in Boston.
Explainer – Why Emma Raducanu did not get automatic entry to Indian Wells event
Emma Raducanu has not gained automatic entry to the Indian Wells Masters event next month.
Dominic Thiem responds after media snipes from his former physio
Dominic Thiem has issued a statement after he confirmed he has split with members of his backroom staff after a challenging 2021.
Big change in Emma Raducanu’s camp as she seeks to make key appointment
Raducanu is preparing to make big changes to the team she will be working with after confirming she is on the look-out for a new coach.
Emma Raducanu to be given ‘homecoming’ broadcast to toast her US Open win
The Lawn Tennis Association are set to give Emma Raducanu the welcome home she deserves.
Exclusive – Assessing Novak Djokovic’s legacy with one of the game’s leading writers
Novak Djokovic has always been fighting a losing battle in a popularity contest with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Emma Raducanu could secure a place in lucrative end-of-season WTA finals
Raducanu could be on course to secure a remarkable place in the lucrative end-of-season WTA finals in Mexico.
Andy Murray eyeing up leap in the rankings after another win in Metz
Murray is one win away from a return to the top 100 in the ATP rankings.
Emma Raducanu confirms first sponsorship deal and plenty more will follow
The sponsorship opportunities are rolling in for…
‘Winning is what sport is all about’ – Andy Murray reacts to one of his best wins of 2021
The former world number dispatched the home favourite favourite 4-6 6-3 6-2.