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Tebbutt: Favourite photos of 2018

Dec 24, 2018
written by: Tom Tebbutt
written by: Tom Tebbutt

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This was not a favourite 2018 moment for Denis Shapovalov, seen at the far right leaning over his chair. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, doing his trademark bounding celebration, had just rallied from 5-2 down in the fifth set to defeat Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open in Margaret Court Arena.

Photo: Kyle Clapham/Tennis Canada

Simona Halep had to withdraw with an ankle injury from Romania’s opening round Fed Cup Group II tie against Canada at home in Cluj-Napoca last February. But she was there and beaming after her compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu won a singles match.

Photo: Mauricio Paiz

As part of the initiation for being on the Davis Cup team for the first time in his career, 18-year-old Félix Auger-Aliassime had to play a few points with his shirt off against Daniel Nestor following Canada’s win over the Netherlands last September in Toronto. His teammates and members of the support group got a big kick out of watching the leaping Auger-Aliassime.

Photo: Mauricio Paiz

Players are well protected at Wimbledon, but that doesn’t mean spectators don’t get close to them after matches. Here Genie Bouchard returns from her first-round win on Court 14 over British wild card Gabriela Taylor in July.

This was the moment when 24th seed Denis Shapovalov’s had his name picked out during the draw ceremony for the 2018 French Open. Doing the drawing was Gabriella Papadakis, the French ice dancer who won the silver medal with her partner Guillaume Cizeron at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. They were runners-up to gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. Papadakis famously had a wardrobe malfunction during the final skate.

Photo: Mauricio Paiz

Daniel Nestor played the final match of his storied career when Canada faced the Netherlands in a Davis Cup World Group Playoff in September in Toronto. The 46-year-old retired after he and partner Vasek Pospisil were beaten in four sets by Matwe Middelkoop and Jean-Julien Rojer. It was the 76th match of a Davis Cup career that began way back in 1992.

Players often participate in autograph signing sessions during tournaments. Here Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain is pictured out on site at the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a quirky fan and an amused animator.

Mother of a 5-year-old daughter Karin, the then 31-year Kateryna Bondarenko played two singles and the doubles when Ukraine faced Canada in a Fed Cup World Group II Playoff in Montreal last April. She went 1-1 in singles and 0-1 in doubles in her team’s 3-2 loss – and always gave a max effort.

On the way to Melbourne for this year’s Australian Open, a tennis writer stopped in Sydney and took this picture of Bondi Beach – one of the most iconic beaches in Australia, and for that matter, anywhere in the world.

Photo: Mauricio Paiz

Gabriela Dabrowski had a solid year in doubles – finishing No. 10 in the WTA rankings and winding up in fourth spot with Chinese partner Xu Yifan in the year-long team points race. Highlights of Dabrowski’s 2018 included winning the Australian Open mixed doubles with Mate Pavic of Croatia and WTA titles with Xu in Sydney and Eastbourne as well as the trophy in Doha alongside Jelena Ostapenko. The action here took place during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March.

Photo: Mauricio Paiz

In this picture Milos Raonic is walking out for his third-round match at Wimbledon against Dennis Novak of Austria. Headed to Court 12, Raonic has a bit of that deer-in-the-headlights stare that many players have before a match.

The BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells is one of the most fan-friendly in the world. Each outside court is an actual mini-stadium creating a classy feel to the event. And the sun is an almost constant presence – so wearing a hat is a very sensible option.

Francoise Abanda was preparing for the qualifying at the Australian Open last January – but that’s obvious because of the inverted ‘AO’ logo visible on the ball she’s about to hit.

When it comes to obliging fans, Roger Federer (above), Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic co-rank No. 1 at signing autographs and being generous with their time. This is Federer at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March.

One of the best parts of covering tennis is visiting cool cities around the world. Montreal is one of the coolest and last April – when Canada hosted Ukraine in Fed Cup – these playful, illuminated figures decorated lower rue St. Denis. Unfortunately they’re no longer there.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (far court) defeated Sascha Zverev 3-6, 7-6(11), 6-4 (saving two match points) in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto last August. A cranky Zverev caused a post-match stir when he declared that the match was “absolutely pathetic on all levels.”

Not quite a contortionist, Denis Shapovalov certainly is all arms and legs when he finishes hitting his serve.

It’s an interaction that happens thousands of times a year during tournaments – a ballkid managing towels and balls for a player. This exchange involved Peter Polansky during the qualifying at this year’s French Open.

Photo: Mauricio Paiz

There was a lot of hype surrounding Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon this year. In this shot, as he comes off Court 16 after a first-round win over Jeremy Chardy, it’s possible to sense a bit of the bewilderment the 19-year-old must be feeling.

Félix Auger-Aliassime acknowledges the crowd after the first ATP tour victory of his career – a 6-2, 7-6(4) win over compatriot Vasek Pospisil in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March.


Many thanks to the incomparable Mauricio Paiz for his quality photographs, as well as his brilliant technical work on our vlogs, during 2018.

NOTE: Next week’s Tebbutt Tuesday, from Australia, will be exceptionally posted on Monday Dec. 31.