Players' New Year's resolutions

Tuesday December 30th, 2014

A new year typically brings a fresh start and a clean slate. With the 2014 tennis season behind them, what are your favorite players vowing to do better in 2015? Whether its kicking bad habits, finally grabbing that career-changing win or maintaining a healthy and injury-free season, see what 2015 New Year's resolutions the top ATP and WTA players will be making this year.
Disclaimer: These statements are not confirmed or written by the ATP, WTA or any other player on tour. If the players' did write New Year's resolutions, these are what (in our opinion) they should be. 

In 2015, I want to...

Novak Djokovic: Get comfortable hitting the ball from above my head, either via overheads at the net or while hitting second serves while down match point. 

Serena Williams: Do everything necessary to stay healthy, even if that means a lighter schedule outside of the Slams. 

Maria Sharapova: To rediscover my inner "cow on grass" and put together a good run at Wimbledon, now that I’ve put the "cow on ice" to pasture.

Roger Federer: To retake the No. 1 ranking and walk into the post-match press conference like this.

Rafael Nadal: To put all of my past prize money into a Kickstarter to invent and patent a hermetically sealed bubble that still allows you to play elite tennis.

Bernard Tomic: Not to wear anything Nike gives me.


Andy Murray: To play with swagger. And leave Amelie Mauresmo in charge of the wine list for the wedding. 

Simona Halep: To finally score at least one win over Sharapova.

Agnieszka Radwanska: To make the quarterfinal stages routinely by not losing a set and make Martina Navratilova routinely jump out of her seat and fistpump.

Andrea Petkovic: To stay healthy and break back into the Top 10 so that there are more opportunities to sit in front of a mic and blow everyone away with my intelligence, humor and perspective. 

Kevin Anderson: To beat Tomas Berdych. Just once.

Gael Monfils: To remember how I played against Roger Federer in the Davis Cup final and bring that focus every day.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: To forget how I played en route to the Rogers Cup title in Toronto and get back to playing hungry. 

Ernests Gulbis: To slay all the vampires, close the Hellmouth for good and break back into the Top 10. 


David Ferrer: To play less. And realize that playing every week of the season is not a rule. 

Tommy Robredo: To convert a match point (or two!) against Andy Murray.

Milos Raonic: To improve my volleys and backhand by 30 percent. And choose either the hair or the sleeve for 2015. I can't have both.

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Grigor Dimitrov: To beat Roger Federer, thus finishing my transformation into Luke Skywalker. 

Juan Martin del Potro: To take as much time as I need to get my wrist healthy again so that when I return to the tour my forehand is ready to upend the current order of things.

Madison Keys: To step out of shadows and play with the belief that I am the future of American tennis. To make the second week of Wimbledon and finish the season as the No. 2 American. 

Eugenie Bouchard: Not panic if I don't come out of the gates defending all my points from making last year's Australian Open semifinals. And to find a coach I respect and trust who can help me develop a B-game.

Sloane Stephens: To play not under the stifling glare of the spotlight but with a chip on my shoulder and prove that the hype was real and deserved. In concrete terms: To get back in the Top 15 and win my first title. 

Nick Kyrgios: To work on my punctuality.


Jerzy Janowicz: To be relevant again. 

Jack Sock: To beat Raonic at least once. To improve my backhand. And to put together a season that dispels the questions about my work ethic. 

2015 Tennis Starter Pack

Stan Wawrinka: To play without pressure, knowing that even if 2014 was a fluke season, it will go down as the best fluke season in the history of tennis. Also, I resolve not to let noise coming from the crowds bother me so much. 

Ana Ivanovic: To get back to a Slam semifinal. 

Caroline Wozniacki: To beat Serena. Forget about winning a Slam. I just need to do this for me. 

Belinda Bencic: To win my first WTA title and finish the year in the Top 20. 

Taylor Townsend: Play with consistency. 

Kei Nishikori: To stay healthy. 

Marin Cilic: To play like I have something to prove. Because I do. 

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