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

Back in January of 2016, Andy Murray was #2 in the world, and still enjoying training with coach Amelie Mauresmo.

We here at Tennis Inside Out reached a Twitter milestone, and Kate revealed Val’s favorite keywords… We’re currently at 177,000 a year later, which seems below average and is probably indicative of what the tennis season of 2016 turned out to be.

For salacious January 2016 events, we have Borna Coric’s hot tub photo, which is either extremely graphic or a really mysterious illusion…

…plus that moment when Stan Wawrinka was asked if he was aware his fans obsessed over his fantastic ass…

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Of course the biggest event in January is always the Australian Open, and 2016 had some BIG surprises.

Once again, American tennis fans got their hopes up with some amazing highlights early in the tournament, and a stroke of good luck when Bjorn Fratangelo lost in the final round of qualifying but got into the main draw as Lucky Loser…

Unfortunately, it all went awry in the very first round of the main draw, with B-Frat going out to Frenchman Stephane Robert in straights, and Harry dropping to Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in straights. Taylor Fritz unfortunately drew fellow #Merican Jack Sock, and ultimately lost an insane battle at 4-6 6-3 6-0 3-6 4-6. Still suffering from that nasty bug from the previous tournament, Sock sadly bowed in straight sets to Lukas Rosol in round 2.

There were the usual frustrations with coverage of the event, which often included lengthy talking head segments instead of live tennis, and less-than-stellar streaming options…

There were also some thirsty cameramen on site…

Our favorite Polish princess continued a disappointing trend at the AO…

She lost to the ever-feisty Yulia Putentseva and her celebrated inner thighs, who had an interesting tactic during the match. (Not to be confused with Caro’s shade-throwing assessment of her game this year… O_o)

It wouldn’t be a real tournament without an inexplicable performance from the uber-talented but temperamental Frenchman Benoit Paire…who lost to teenager Noah Rubin in three TB sets.

Go on to PAGE 4 for STUNNING UPSETS and bad puns…

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