Since everyone else has been posting their best and worst lists of the 2014 tennis year I thought I would contribute my version.
Best ATP match I saw live: Federer’s. loss to Nishikori at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, the velocity on some of the Nishikori forehands was incredible.
A close second was Sam Groth against Federer at the US Open, Groth tried absolutely everything and gave Federer all he could handle in a great evening match.
Best WTA match I saw live: Genie Bouchard vs. Soranea Cirstea at the US Open (slight bias as I am canadian) , it was a great match for Genie’s first on Arthur Ashe stadium court.
Most exciting upset I saw live: Naomi Osaka’s win over Sam Stosur at the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University. Naomi played a fearless match and used a wide variety of shots for a straight sets win.
Most disappointing day as a spectator: the cancellation of both ATP semifinals at the Sony Ericsson in Miami, especially since we did not find out about the evening match being cancelled until we drove into the parking lot at the tournament site. The match was replaced with an excellent ladies doubles match but not quite worth the trip from Toronto.
Worst tournament to visit live: I have been to Roland Garros twice and each time I have endured cold days with rain and the only cup of coffee available on site comes in a size that can only be described as minuscule. I dream of opening a Starbucks on site.
Worst shopping experience: the new store at the Billie Jean King US Open tennis centre where they limit the number of shoppers inside but it is so crowded it is impossible to breathe let alone shop.
Best food on site: the grilled cheese truck at court 19 at the Billie Jean King US Open tennis centre. Hope next year brings even more truck options.
Best dressed WTA player: Ana Ivanovic in her little black Adidas dress, just add heels and you are all set for a night on the town.
Worst dressed WTA player: any of the women wearing the Stella McCartney Adidas collection, the lack of colour ie the nude shades and the oversized ruffles just made for unflattering outfits.
Giving those outfits a challenge in the ugly department were the animal print dresses Serena wore for the US Open. Again the dresses were not flattering, glad she was the only one wearing them.
Best dressed ATP player: has to go to Roger Federer, no one can come close to his timeless classics and the fact that he hardly even sweats means the outfits look nice and fresh through the whole match.
Worst dressed ATP player: all those players that were were wearing the colour combination of tennis ball yellow and black. Hard to tell who was who amongst all the bumblebees.
I am looking forward to what 2015 will bring to the tennis world while acknowledging I will miss Na Li both on court and in the interview room and I will remember Elena Baltacha.