If the Australian Open is anything to go by, then 2022 is going to be a blast for tennis fans across the globe.
Line Calls – Best Moments of the AO
There were so many fantastic performances that came out of the Australian Open over the past two weeks that it is really tough to isolate but a few exceptional ones, but here goes;
The Tie Breakers – Best upcoming talent in 2022
Tennis seems to be thriving in Canada with two talented younger players both making their mark at the AO this year.
Evergreens – Stayers with Incredible comebacks
Collins has laid ferocious foundations
In the off-season, Danielle Collins was hitting with a ball machine and her boyfriend on public courts near her house in Florida.
Happy to go about business her own way, the 28-year-old blazed into her first Grand Slam final without a permanent coach or travelling physio.
The plan is now to bolster the travelling team for the new top-10 entrant.
Collins, fuelled by her fierce determination, is destined for a statement season, leading the rejuvenated Americans along with AO 22 semi-finalist Madison Keys and Amanda Anisimova, who knocked out defending champion Naomi Osaka. Add Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff into the mix, and 'Team USA' could be enjoying a trophy-laden campaign.
Medvedev set for showstopping 2022
He can be divisive, he is absorbing, and he revels in being the ultimate disruptor.
Daniil Medvedev keeps rubber-stamping his own triumphant moments into the history books with his unorthodox strokes and defiance. What a talent.
The runner-up has had quite the rollercoaster at Melbourne Park, battling past the partisan crowd and Nick Kyrgios, saving match point against Felix Auger-Aliassime, and then proving his class to dismiss Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Despite falling in the instant classic final, the 25-year-old is in a strong position to scoop the No.1 ranking and will be oozing with confidence to tackle the rest of 2022. Can he compile a truly dominant season like his 'Big Three' rivals?
Flying the flag
Over the past five years, Canada's captivating duo Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov have been touted to be the 'next big things' on the men's tennis landscape.
The likes of Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev have enjoyed more statement success, but it seems these long-standing friends have edged oh so close to a major breakthrough, to fulfil that potential.
Auger-Aliassime, building on his US Open semifinal, marched to a two-set lead against Medvedev in the quarterfinals and chalked up match point. His loss was heartbreaking, but the Russian is proving too strong for most right now.
Shapovalov levelled with Nadal from two sets down, but couldn't secure the decider in another titanic bout.
Plenty of sensational tennis, plenty of promise in the months ahead abound for these two.
Expect more green and golden feelings
It wasn't just national icon Barty flying the flag for the home contingent.
Kyrgios, who became embroiled in a first-class tussle with Medvedev, lifted the men's doubles title alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis. Kyrgios was revved up and motivated, Kokkinakis playing freely, finely injury-free. We'd all welcome a strong output from them in 2022.
Alex de Minaur also earned plenty of plaudits with his best-ever Australian Open campaign. The 22-year-old started with a four-set flourish over Lorenzo Musetti, only to be denied in the fourth round by top-10 talent Jannik Sinner.