After an Awful 2016, The 2017 Tennis Season Can’t Come Soon Enough

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Published: October 21, 2016

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Happy new year! Yes, it's only October, and we still have trick-or-treating to do. However, after one of the most dismal tennis seasons in recent history, 2017 can't come soon enough.

There is no guarantee that next year will be better, but it's unlikely to be worse.

Thursday, Rafael Nadal announced he's ending his season early due to nagging injuries. His announcement came just a few days after Serena Williams withdrew from the WTA Tour Championships. This means the year-end championships will take place without four of the biggest names in tennis over the last decade—Williams, Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova.

It's been that kind of year.



Before fans and players could get excited about the season's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, a match-fixing scandal erupted.

An in-depth investigation by Buzzfeed and the BBC claimed to expose a secret list of top players involved, which had some raising questions and pointing fingers.

After Novak Djokovic told reporters he was once offered $200,000 to fix a match, he was forced to deny he had actually participated.

In early March, word spread of a major announcement coming from Sharapova. People guessed it was early retirement or a new Sugarpova candy flavor.

Instead, Sharapova dropped a bombshell that she had tested positive for a banned substance. Conversations about banned substances, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Tennis Federation dominated the headlines.

Then there was the degradation in the desert, when Indian Wells former CEO Raymond Moore was forced to resign after belittling female tennis players.

May showers washed out an entire day of play at the 2016 French Open. The soggy saga at Roland Garros got some comic relief by way of Adidas zebra-print outfits and tweets from the Wimbledon roof.

In June, after a scathing tribunal report, the...
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