As 2013 begins, we thought it could be a good time for some tennis resolutions. Do you have any of your own? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.
Amy: My tennis resolution is to make sure to watch players I haven’t seen a lot on a more consistent basis. Sometimes it’s easy to get locked into watching the same players over and over again. I’ll try my best to change that in 2013.
Juan José: Here are my tennis resolutions for 2013:
1. Watch more women’s tennis, starting with the four Premier Mandatory events. Related: I just went to the WTA site to figure out which tournaments actually make up that group … and failed. Thank the heavens for Wikipedia.
2. Do a better job on focusing on up and coming young players so that when they break out (like Jerzy Janowicz in Paris) it doesn’t seem like a surprise. I used to pay more attention to this a few years ago, but the Big Four Era definitely took that focus away.
3. I’d like to know more about Stefan Edberg. I’d like to get a better grasp on his tennis, and what he meant for his era. This was triggered by how much fun I had going back in time for the Andrés Gómez piece, so I’m looking forward to YouTubing my way into the past more frequently in 2013.
4. I would love to see live tennis again this year. My last (and second ever) tournament was D.C back in 2011, and I only saw the quarterfinals. You always learn something when you watch pro tennis in person, so I’m looking forward to that this year. Houston, here I come!
Lindsay: My resolution is to watch more matches from beginning to end. It’s embarrassing to admit, but between my ADD, my sub-par viewing set-up, and my general business, I feel like it’s too rare that I sit down and watch an entire match from beginning to end. I’m especially bad about skipping straight to midway through the first set, overlooking the ever-important beginning of the match. I’m going to do whatever it takes to fix that this year.
I also resolve to travel to a WTA tournament. In my limited tennis travel I have only ever covered ATP events, and I am absolutely dying to get to a WTA tournament and do some one-on-one interviews with the ladies. There are always excuses why not to — primarily of the financial variety — but I resolve to make it happen in 2013.