A Look Back at January 2016 — Stunning Upsets, the German Uprising, and Bad Tennis Omens

Daria Gavrilova, whose lively personality and aggressive play on court has been gaining her increasing amounts of fans, dealt blows to two of the games “rising stars” on the men’s side–to amusing effect.

Despite that hella awkward moment, both NK and Daria will likely look more fondly on the 2016 Hopman Cup, when they were champions. This year didn’t go so smoothly.

Sloane Stephens, currently out of contention at the start of the year with a foot injury, was celebrating a victory in Auckland last year. Stan Wawrinka notched another Chennai win, and Vika Azarenka, currently on pregnancy leave, nabbed the trophy in Brisbane.

Once again in the category of “If we knew then…” back in January 2016, Stan was still fielding questions about whether he’d play doubles with Roger at the Olympics (and looking very hot while doing it, apparently).

The Australian Open Kids’ Day featured Aussie Lleyton Hewitt, who retired after his home tourney, and two other big-name players we ended up seeing a lot less of in 2016 than expected…

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Meanwhile, Jack Sock beat David Ferrer in a tough 3-setter semi in Auckland, only to have to retire with an illness in a final he fought hard to persevere through. What he missed out on? This…interesting trophy that Roberto Bautista Agut ended up thrusting into the air on finals day…

Jack did get his hands on that shiny silver cylinder in 2017, though…

Grigor Dimitrov, who we hope is kicking off a stellar 2017 with his win in Brisbane, faced Viktor Troicki twice at the start of 2016. Their final in Sydney was an explosion of brilliant, creative, go-for-broke tennis that had our Twitter feed littered with effusive terms like “elegant,” “impressive,” “phenomenal,” and… “insane.”

Though Vik’s victory at 2-6 6-1 7-6(7) ended up being one of many close contests that Dimitrov should have won throughout the year, it was impossible to be upset about a match that featured such high quality sparring.

Go on to PAGE 3 for Twitter milestones, the rise and fall of #Merica, and salacious moments!!

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