Elina Svitolina won her first WTA title in 2013. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Looking back on my 2013 New Year’s resolutions, I think I had a fairly respectable success rate (which is to say that I didn’t go 0 for 10). As expected, the Cheez-Its rained down like manna from the Cheddar Gods, but I’m fairly certain I never said David Ferrer was underrated, nor did I ever try and draw broad conclusions about a player based off a match I never watched. So I will take the victories where I can and move forward to 2014 knowing that despite what my cynical inner voice tells me, New Year’s resolutions can actually work. Optimism is the name of the game. So here’s what I’m going for in 2014:
Pay more attention to college tennis. NCAA tennis has become a much more appealing option for the top teenagers, as they can hone their skills and physicality while getting loads of matches under their belts (and earning the college degree doesn’t hurt, either), instead of toiling away on the ATP Challenger circuit and suffering first- and second- round losses week after week. It’s possible that we’re on the verge of seeing the NCAA return to being a feeder for the pro ranks, which would greatly elevate the relevance and importance of the collegiate game.