2013 BTB Awards: What was in/out

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray won Wimbledon in 2013 after losing the ’12 final. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images; Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

The BTB Awards are our look back at the best — and worst — of the tennis season. Today we assess the trends of 2013. Click here for our complete archive of year-end awards.

In: Rafael Nadal’s dominance.
Out: Rafael Nadal’s knee pain.

In: Serena Williams’ commitment.
Out: “Serena Williams is too distracted by outside interests.”

In: Andy Murray, British hero.
Out: Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player.

In: Trying to retire Roger Federer.
Out: Trying to retire Rafael Nadal.

In: Simona Halep.
Out: Caroline Wozniacki.

In: A raft of stories about the U.S. men’s struggles.
Out: Slightly smaller raft of stories about the U.S. men’s struggles.

In: Agnieszka Radwanska, shot-maker.
Out: Agnieszka Radwanska, pusher.

In: Serena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens.
Out: Victoria Azarenka vs. Agnieszka Radwanska.

In: Roger Federer‘s chats on Twitter.
Out: Roger Federer, Twitter holdout.

In: Players not knowing their responsibilities under tennis’ anti-doping rules.
Out: Players not knowing how much time they’re allotted between points.

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens went 15-4 at majors and 24-19 at all other events this year. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

In: Sloane Stephens, Grand Slam threat.
Out: Sloane Stephens, tour-event threat.

In: Steve Darcis and Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Out: Lukas Rosol and Virginie Razzano.

In: A WTA breakthrough at Wimbledon.
Out: A WTA breakthrough at the French Open.

In: British woman hasn’t won Wimbledon in 36 years.
Out: British man hasn’t won Wimbledon in 77 years.

Out: CBS.

In: Stanislas Wawrinka’s “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better” tattoo.
Out: Janko Tipsarevic’s “Beauty will save the world” tattoo.

In: Jerzy Janowicz, legitimate top-20 threat.
Out: Jerzy Janowicz, one-hit wonder.

In: Last American standing: Tim Smyczek.
Out: Last American standing: Andy Roddick.

In: Patrick Mouratoglou and Carlos Rodriguez.
Out: Piotr Wozniacki and Nigel Sears.

In: Thomas Hogstedt as Caroline Wozniacki’s coach.
Out: Thomas Hogstedt as Maria Sharapova’s coach.

Jimmy Connors

There will be no documentary made for Jimmy Connors’ coaching tenure with Maria Sharapova. (Bob Thomas/Getty Images; Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

In: Jimmy Connors nostalgia.
Out: Jimmy Connors’ coaching career.

In: Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.
Out: Psy’s Gangnam Style.


In: Complaints about the grass at Wimbledon.
Out: Complaints about the blue clay at the Madrid Open.

In: One-handed backhands.
Out: Tweeners.

In: Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal.
Out: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer.

In: WTA dominance at the top.
Out: WTA parity.

In: Novak Djokovic’s streak of 18 Grand Slam quarterfinals.
Out: Roger Federer’s streak of 36 Grand Slam quarterfinals.

In: Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov.
Out: Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic.

  • Published On Dec 10, 2013