The beauty of tennis' new year, aside from the anticipation surrounding the Australian Open, is the chance to isolate certain truths out of nothing. The past week saw a flurry of insignificant events, but there was much to be learned about some of the sport's key players:
Too bad Mr. Hopman wasn't around for a comment (Harry Hopman, the legendary Australian coach, died in 1985). Never tolerant of excuses, Hopman often said, "If you're injured, you don't play. If you play, you're not injured."
And how do the players feel about it now?
"A stupid thing," said Janko Tipsarevic.