The most common and obvious way to determine success in tennis is by keeping track of the number of matches and tournaments won by a player.
There are other ways, however, by which a season of a tennis professional can be—and should be—evaluated.
Winners are not necessarily only those who win major titles. Winners are players who accomplish something meaningful according to the stages of their careers and according to the goals they set for themselves.
It could be a breakthrough year for a rookie, a late career run for a veteran, reaching the highest career ranking and, of course, winning major titles.
In a sense, every player who manages to do better in a season than he or she did in the previous year, should be considered a winner.
Although tennis players compete among themselves on the courts, the best way to measure success is to compare one to oneself only, in their attempt to be better everyday than they were in the day before.
With this line of thinking, let’s take a look at the 10 biggest winners of 2011 in the tennis world.