2011 Year in Review (and MTF Tennis Canada Predictions!)
What a year for Canadian tennis. Lets discuss! Some of the highlights:
- Milos established himself as a top 50 player with the potential for greater things. After that amazing Australian Open run, he became the first Canadian in over 15 years to win an ATP tour tournament in San Jose. The Wimbledon injury really killed his momentum, but if he can defend many of the points early in 2012 he's set up for a good run to the top 20.
- Vasek emerged as top 100 talent, beating all predictions. What a great summer he had and a "breakthrough" at the US Open where he played like a great top 100 talent. Saved his best for Israel though, which leads me to...
- Canada is back in the World Group! Vasek's amazing performance in Israel to clinch the spot by winning all three matches was a highlight, but coming back from 0-2 down in Ecuador just to reach the playoff stage was incredible too (without Milos)
- Daniel Nestor continued to defy his old age by winning the ATP doubles finals with Max Miryni after a mediocre season to that point. Chemistry seems to be improving so 2012 looks promising.
- While he couldn't crack the top 100 again or stay healthy, Frank Dancevic achieved quite a task by qualifying for all four Grand Slams - first player ever to do it. Too bad it never translated into a win in the MD, particularly that collapse against Mello at Wimbledon (probably the low point for Canadian tennis this year).
- At the lower levels of the circuit, Erik Chvojka, Pierre Ludovic Duclos and earlier in the season Phil Bester considerably improved their ranking with great performances, particularly at the futures level. While Polansky and Dancevic didn't have seasons to remember, they finished the season strong, particularly Frank with back to back semi finals in Bratislava and Helsinki against very tough fields.