The year 2017 in tennis was a great one for me, and I’m glad to look back here at a few memories made on and around the world’s courts. In no particular order …
- Indian Wells, California (March) – It was a blast to win my first Masters 1000 title in doubles, and Raven Klaasen and I put together a great showing. The icing on the cake, so to speak: taking the title on my 33rd birthday.
- Shenzhen, China (October) – While it feels great to win a big title fairly early on in any given year, it also feels wonderful to get one late in the year and finish well. Alexander Peya and I were able to do that in Shenzhen, China.
- Newport, Rhode Island (July) – What a week! Three things stand tall from the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships this year. I got to hang out with my pal Andy Roddick, inducted into the Hall on finals weekend; I picked up another doubles title, that with Aisam ul Haq Qureshi; and I retired from professional singles play. On that last one, the Facebook feedback was really encouraging, so thank you, everyone.
- Delray Beach, Florida (February) – Starting off the year right, Raven and I won a title early. I’ve long liked the conditions at this tournament, and that helped again this week.
- Carlsbad, California (August) – Our San Diego Aviators squad made a great run to the World TeamTennis championship round, falling just a bit short against another obviously-solid team. We all love the WTT atmosphere!
- Bonus! EntouRaj for Kids’ Clinic (December) – On the first Saturday this month, I was joined by a team of volunteers from USTA Midwest and more great organizations to do some free clinics for underserved youth. And, oh yes, more than 50 kids came out for the fun. You can see the full Facebook albums here.
After all that, I’m excited to see what the 2018 season holds, and I feel the support of so many great friends and fans heading into the new year.