It’s a scant fortnight since the men’s calendar knocked the red dust from its shoes in the Davis Cup final and barely a month since the women heard the last squeak of shoe on rubber in Bali and Moscow but, Christmas or no Christmas, the holiday season is as good as over.
Training has already begun for the still tougher year ahead. 2012 has the Olympics shoehorned into its center and, for the men, there is a fortnight shaved off the end: The calendar will be even more jam-packed than it was this year.
With Twitter already abuzz with messages from players packing suitcases for the first tournaments of the year or warming-up in Middle Eastern havens for their Australian Open preparation, time to celebrate the performances that made 2011 so memorable and search for clues to who may make waves in 2012.
And where better to start than with the man of the year, the Serb who dominated the tour from first to—well, almost last.