Monday, 21 December 2009

2009 Review

The 2009 tennis season has been one to remember on both the mens and womens sides. For the first time in years the dominance of the top two Rodger Federer and Raphael Nadal has been broken up by new talent. As with 2008 Novak Djokovic continued to apply the pressure and for most of the season held the number 3 spot. After breaking in to the worlds top 10 late 2008 Andy Murray built upon this success by breaking into the top 4. He even had a few weeks as world number 3. But the biggest story in the mens game as far as world Rankings go has to go the Juan Martin Del Potro. The 19 year old Argentine has cruised to the top of the mens game and has really troubled the worlds best.

As always the 4 majors were great events and really showcased the sport. In January Raphael Nadal claimed his first hard court Grand Slam winning the Australian Open in Melbourne. Playing in perhaps the form of his career many thought that he would go on to do the "Grand Slam" and win all 4 majors in a single tennis season. Something that even Federer has not yet achieved. In the months that followed he dethroned the King and for the first time in 5 years there was a new man in the number 1 spot. All of this success came crashing back down to earth however when against all odds Nadal was beaten in the 2nd Major of the year Roland Garos. It was a shock 3rd round dismissal and seemed to plague the rest of his season. If Rodger Federer was ever going to take the elusive French Open title it had to be now. He stepped up to the mark and won the final major trophy missing from his collection.

Federer soon returned to form and it was only a matter of time before he regained his position as world number 1. He won Wimbledon in a fairly comfortable manner and made the final of the US Open in August. This last match of this tournament saw Juan Martin Del Potro in his first Grandslam final come from behind to win his first major. It was an epic 5 set battle and a match that confirmed the Argentine as one of the games current greats.

The Women's tour has been a lot more open with a much less of an elite group than the mens. The majority of the year saw Dinara Safina holding the number 1 spot. Despite reaching the finals at both the Australian Open and Roland Garos and the semi final of Wimbledon she still awaits her first major title. As usual the Williams sisters stepped up 5 gears at the majors and claimed 2 and reach the later stages at the others.

The real fairy tail this year came at the US Open. Former world number 1 Kim Clijsters returned to the game after a long period out to have a child. She played just 2 tournaments in the run up to Flushing Meadows before take the major for the 2nd time. She becomes only the 2nd woman to win a major title after becoming a parent.

2009 was a great year for both tennis and trading. I am fully expecting 2010 to be even better!