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

While the US Open is known for its loud, drunk crowd at night matches, and the French Open for its whistling, booing spectators, the “Happy Slam” had its own moments of less-than-stellar behavior…

Daria and Poots aren’t the only entertaining personalities on tour. We just had to share some of these funny highlights from Timea Bacsinszky, Belinda Bencic, Laura Robson, and Jamie Hampton…

In a stunning upset right at the start of the tournament, Fernando Verdasco showed once again the incredible level of tennis he is capable of, with a masterful win that offered a small measure of revenge for that crushing AO loss to his fellow countryman so many years ago…

While Angelique Kerber narrowly escaped an early exit in the first round exit to Misaki Doi, there were some big upsets on the ladies’ side, including the heartwarming story of a player who had been ready to give up on tennis altogether…

Meanwhile, some of the ladies were showing their girl power by posing with some dangerous Australian residents…

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Rusty with his victory lap at AO 2016, including his own hashtag…

In other Aussie news, the young hopeful struggling then (and now) with sidelining injuries was doing the PR circuit; though we were missing his exciting tennis prowess, we were also clearly not missing out on the chance to make another naughty pun with his name…

In other “young hopeful” news, Dominic Thiem was experimenting with bleach-blonde hair, which we rather enjoyed once it grew past its strangely yellow cotton candy phase…

Despite what looked like a fairly straightforward scoreline, Roger Federer’s 3-set match against the unorthodox Alexandr Dolgopolov was a throbbing, energetic affair… *eyedart*

Go on to PAGE 5 for the craziest upset contenders, and facts we never knew…

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