Venus WilliamsWins the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha. With this title, a Wimbledon title and an Olympic gold, Venus, I think, could be MVP of this bizarre year.
Vera ZvonarevaIn keeping with the wacky times, the least notable player in the year-end field plays some of the best tennis of her career and nearly wins the title.
Cara Black and Liezel HuberThe best team in the business defeats Kveta Peschke and Rennae Stubbs 6-1, 7-5 to win Doha.
Jay Berger and Ola MalmqvistNamed the head of men's and women's tennis, respectively, for USTA Elite Player Development.
College ChampionsOhio State's Bryan Koniecko and Arkansas's Aurelija Miseviciute captured the singles titles, and Wake Forest and Fresno State duos claimed the doubles titles Sunday at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.
Tennis ChannelWill cover the 2008 Tennis Masters Cup doubles championships -- the prestigious season-ending competition in men's professional tennis -- featuring the world's top eight doubles teams. Nearly 30 live and same-day hours are planned from Asia's largest tennis facility, the Qi Zhong stadium in Shanghai, today through Sunday, Nov. 16.
Jelena JankovicCan't cap year with a title, but smiling Serb finished 2008 ranked No. 1.
Ana IvanovicDisappoints in Dubai but does walk away with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ACES Award, given to the player who consistently goes above and beyond to promote women's tennis to fans, media, in the community and beyond.
Doha CrowdsAh, for the halcyon days of the Staples Center. Either the stands were empty or a lot of people came dressed as empty seats.
SchedulingTrue, this is from the "beating a dead horse" department. But on Friday afternoon, here were the top six tennis headlines:
- Injured Serena out of WTA Championships
- Ailing Federer takes aim at Masters Cup
- King promotes gender equality in Qatar
- Ivanovic withdraws due to virus
- Injured Nadal doubtful for Davis Cup
- Bergelin, Borg's coach, dies at 83
Um, anyone else see a problem here? When the ATP picks a new leader, the issue of season length/injuries must be addressed. At some point you have to say, "I don't care if I anger some tournament directors. We have to shorten the schedule, reconsider the deregulation of equipment (that means you, Luxilon) and the physical demands being put on the players. Otherwise, there might soon be no one else left to play this sport!"