It’s time to get weepy.
After Andy Murray’s touching response to Great Britain’s first Davis Cup win since 1936, why not commit fully and look back at some truly emotional moments from 2015?
In no particular order, enjoy some poignant moments from the pros over this past season. Prepare for the feels.
Roger Federer and Wimbledon finals are about as classic a combination as they come in tennis. With a stellar season already in hand, Novak Djokovic and any final was becoming its own new tradition.
But before Djokovic earned his much-deserved ninth (at the time) major title, the two greats delivered one of the best tiebreaks in Wimbledon history. The hope was alive for Roger Federer after staving off set points to snatch the second for himself.
When Mirka cheers, we all cheer.
What Serena and Venus Williams have done for tennis itself, let alone women’s tennis or American tennis, cannot be undersold. The two sisters have been powerhouse champions on and off court, accomplishing so much for the sport with everything from equal prize money to media coverage and a more-than-impressive tally of major titles between them.
It’s become rarer to see the sisters square off in recent times, so let’s just say the anticipation for their quarterfinal at the US Open this year was a little intense.
Serena’s victory was the expected result, but the genuine affection between the two, amplified by Serena’s post match comments elevated an already outstanding match:
“It’s a really great moment… She’s the toughest player I ever played in my life, and the best person I know. So it’s going against your best friend and going against, for me, the greatest competitor in women’s tennis.”
The emotion is real.
He finally did it. Novak Djokovic dethroned the King of Clay at the French Open, leading many to believe the Serb was on a much clearer path to achieving a Career Grand Slam. One (well-shorted) Stan Wawrinka would stand in his way, however, and after much noise had been made about questionable fan support for Novak, a well-timed standing ovation tugged all the heart strings.
It seemed as though everyone finally understood how much this meant to Djokovic.
Everyone loves a Cinderella story.
18-year-old Belinda Bencic went on a run for the ages en route to her Rogers Cup title, taking out Genie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Simona Halep, who was forced to retire in the final. After an insane week, Bencic could hardly digest what she’d accomplished. Her emotional yet poised play and exuberant celebrations definitely earned her more than few fans throughout the week.
— Rogers Cup Toronto (@rogerscup) August 16, 2015
A John McEnroe style “Are you serious?” is a great way to respond to Daniel Nestor’s untimely end to the season. Iced at 999 career doubles wins, Nestor will have to wait for 2016 to usher in the incredible milestone in an already legendary career.
What we can do in the meantime is join some of Canada’s Davis Cup team members in testing your knowledge of the ageless wonder… 😂
There were a few memorable goodbyes made this year, with Lleyton Hewitt, Mardy Fish and (in mic-drop style) Flavia Pennetta leading the charge.
Hewitt will officially retire after the 2016 Australian Open, but in a symbolic and emotionally charged second-round match at the US Open, it was the younger Aussie, Bernard Tomic, who ended his mentor’s run in Flushing Meadows. Having won his first Grand Slam in New York, the moment was not lost on the crowds.
Flavia Pennetta next-levelled the surprise and drama that filled the unexpected US Open women’s final, by announcing that she too would be saying goodbye to the game.
Mardy Fish also said an emotional farewell at the US Open, heightened by the revelation that he had been plagued by anxiety throughout his career and was hoping to help others cope by coming forward.