BTB readers' most memorable moments from 2011
We gave you ours, now you give us yours. Here are BTB readers' most memorable moments from 2011 that we missed from our month-by-month recaps.
5. Ballin' in Bali, submitted by reader Curtis in November: Overshadowed by Fed Cup and the lead-up to the World Tour Finals, Ana Ivanovic's season-ending win in Bali was one of the season's ultimate ironies. With no tournament wins for the year, Ivanovic was granted a wildcard into the tournament to defend her title. Defend it she did, marching through a somewhat beleaguered field (Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli retired due to injury) to romp to her only win of the season without dropping a set.
4. Golfing WAGs, submitted by reader Curtis in November: As the two most high-profile individual sports, golf and tennis have always shared a connection. This year saw the two closer than ever, with the debut of McWozilroy -- I'm sorry, I simply refuse to go with the self-appointed "Wozzilroy" nickname because A) you can't give yourself a nickname and B) it's misspelled -- and Ivanovic reuniting with Adam Scott late in the season.
After the boys fulfilled their duties as supportive mates during the season, supporting their ladies at tournaments all over the globe, the off-season meant the roles were reversed. Ivanovic added some glamour to the President's Cup, where she proudly wore her man's name across her back and she walked the links supporting Team Australia, and Wozniacki and McIlroy continued their very public displays of affection at tournaments in Shanghai and Dubai.
Side note: Let's take this opportunity to thank the creative YouTubers out there. Without you, we might not have a McWozilroy remix of Rihanna's We Found Love.
3. Come for the tennis, stay for the end times, submitted by reader Curtis in August: The Rogers Cup was accused of sexism after it debuted its 2011 slogan, "Come for the Ladies, Stay for the Legends," referring to the four-man legends tournament that would take place alongside the regular WTA Premier tournament. Honestly, I think the problem with the slogan had less to do with sexism and more to do with the fact that it's just an ill-conceived, clunky, bad slogan that makes one wonder if a career change into marketing would be all that hard.
But if you believe in karma or enjoy Canada's poutine with a side of schadenfreude, Rogers Cup got their fair share of bad luck. Amidst early-round upset after early-round upset (Nadal, Federer, Murray, Del Potro, Wozniacki, Clijsters, Zvonareva, and Kvitova all fell early), the tournament was an operational nightmare. Lightbulbs fell to the court from lighting fixtures, power outages disrupted play, and weather wreaked havoc on scheduling. It led to my favorite tennis meme of the year, with fans taking to Twitter and starting a #newrogerscupslogan hashtag.
• "Canada: No Lights. No Stars. No Problem." - @linzsports
• "Come see the best in the world compete…we also have a lank." - @CotterNG
• "The dollar coin isn't the only thing Loonie around here." - @tmdefran
• "Canada: See the world's best bring their "eh" game." - @deepfriedlard
• "Canada: Come catch your connecting flight to Cincy." - @TheSliceTweets
Give tennis fans a creative means to unleash their frustration and you get comedy gold.
2. Wozniacki hits winners, submitted by Jeppe Kristensen in February: This reader's favorite memory of the spring season was seeing Wozniacki romp through Doha and Dubai, playing an aggressive game that offers hope for her future development as she chases that elusive Grand Slam title. I went back to watch some highlights from her matches and she was, indeed, stepping in and hitting winners.
Start watching at 6:55. Woz starts hitting winners from all over the place.
1. John Isner-Nicolas Mahut, Hopman Cup, submitted by reader krisherdown in January: Much was made of the Isner/Mahut rematch at Wimbledon, but most people forget that the two actually clashed before then at Hopman Cup in January. Isner won the match in straight sets, but it was the first time anyone got to see just how much those two like and respect each other, and the tie between the U.S. and France brought out the entertainer in Mahut.
***** Thanks to all who read and participated in our monthly recaps. Happy New Year's to all!