As intriguing a year as 2012 was on the tennis court, there was plenty happening off the court for several players, Sandra Harwitt writes.
For the first time in 15 years, Andy Roddick isn't spending Christmas getting ready for the Australian Open, and he kind of likes it that way, Sandra Harwitt writes.
Sorry, ladies, you'll have to look elsewhere. James Blake popped the question to his longtime girlfriend -- and she happily accepted. But he's not the only one whose personal life took a twist in 2011.
The grass courts and tennis whites aren't Wimbledon's only distinctive features. Hotel-weary players can get all the comforts of (someone else's) home.
Tennis has seen some notable men-versus-women matchups, but the skill sets are too different for a woman to successfully compete on the ATP tour.
Down and out? Not James Blake. Despite injuries, frustrations and a precipitous fall in the rankings, Blake is not backing down from the challenge.
What if Roger Federer decided to take up checkers instead of tennis? Boy, would James Blake's résumé be a little snazzier. But like so many others, Blake keeps on truckin' along.