First of all, Happy New Year to you and your friends and family! I’m wishing you peace, love, harmony, health and success in 2017! Thank you so much for sticking with me through all these years and for supporting Women’s Tennis Blog in good and bad times.
The 2016 tennis season was the craziest season since I’ve started blogging, the most shocking happenings being Maria Sharapova’s doping case, Victoria Azarenka’s pregnancy, Petra Kvitova’s burglar attack, Ana Ivanovic’s retirement and Serena Williams’ engagement (these last two weren’t that shocking themselves, but stunned us because everything happened in just a few days). Also, this was the most marriage-packed year ever, the most prominent marriages being those of Ana Ivanovic and Dominika Cibulkova.
When it comes to Women’s Tennis Blog, I would like to thank my photographer Jimmie48 for providing me with amazing photos! This year he visited a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open and then he also went to Roland Garros and the US Open, on top of 12 other tournaments and exhibitions! Jimmie48 is now already in New Zealand, taking photos of qualifying rounds at the ASB Classic. After Auckland, Jimmie48 heads to the Apia International Sydney.
A special thank-you also goes to John Bolan, who’s been my online friend and Women’s Tennis Blog’s contributor for seven years, while this year I had the pleasure of meeting him at his gorgeous Florida home, decorated with more than 20 Christmas trees! Make sure to enter John’s WTA year-end ranking predictions contest and win a player autograph of your choice (the competition closes today!).
Are there some types of posts that you’d like to see more on Women’s Tennis Blog in 2017? Do you have any ideas on how you’d like me to enrich the content? Tell me in the comments, as this is the perfect occasion to introduce something new!
Thanks for all great insights. Have a wonderful 2017, Marija.
Congratulations on another fantastic year of blogging, Marija. Good luck in 2017..this is by far the best blog in the world. I for one would like readers to identify where they are in the world. I was born and still live in Ft. Worth, Texas, USA..where they say in our country that the “West begins”. And I know what “yawl” are thinking about the typical Texan stereotype..and I will have to say I do not own a cowboy hat, a pair of boots, or a gun..never have, never will!
Happy new year to you and all of your readers as well Marija !! I have high hopes for 2017 better be good 😀
Thank you Maria!! It was so nice to actually meet you and have a chance to host you in Florida!! Best of luck in2017!!
Happy New Year Marija! I have been a loyal reader for a long time and I hope I can also contribute too soon. 2016 have been a rollercoaster ride for all of us WTA fans especially with Ana Ivanovic’s retirement. I really hope 2017 will be a better one. I’m really looking forward for Angie’s star power this year. She has been an epitome of hardwork and dedication.
Thank you for the rich content of this blog. It inspired me to start my own too! The tennis foodie was born out of my love for tennis and food. I hope I can travel to tournaments too and feature food+tennis contents too. Visit it at http://www.thetennisfoodie.com
I think I want to see more backstage action on tournaments. We always see the players on the court and it’ll be nice to have some off court contents too like charity works and player activities apart from the player’s parties.
Keep it up! I’m loooking forward for another successful 2017! Cheers!
Thank you for wonderful wishes, everyone!
Jim, back in 2009 I asked readers to present themselves and I got some very interesting insights. https://womenstennisblog.com/2009/12/27/tell-me-about-yourself-dear-reader/ I’ll definitely repeat it! Putting it on my to-do list just for you! 🙂
Emman Damian, I’m glad I inspired you to start your own blog. You know I’m one of your first subscribers! 🙂 BTW, how did you land that interview with Ana’s first sponsor?
@Marija – Thank you for the subscription! I took a chance on instagram. I messaged him a couple of times and then he gave his email address so I did my best to pitch in the best questions I have in mind. He’s actually very nice and very professional.
Emman Damian, wow it’s stunning that you managed to land the interview through Instagram! Awesome! I love your idea to interview him and it’s also nice of him to dedicate his time to a new blog. Great job!
Thanks Marija! It took me some time to build up my confidence to ask him about the exclusive interview!