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Daily Dispatch: New Tennis Season Gets Underway Down Under

Happy New Year! The new tennis season is upon us as action gets going in Brisbane, Auckland, Doha, Chennai, and Shenzhen.

Before we get down to 2013, here’s a great compilation by Lindsay Gibbs of the best tennis writing of 2012.

Steve Tignor wants to discard these five tennis phrases in 2013:

2. “David Ferrer doesn’t get enough respect.”

The Second Spaniard isn’t on many, or maybe any, magazine covers, which is too bad. And he’s rarely mentioned among the contenders for Grand Slam titles, which is slightly unfair considering that he’s the fifth best player in the world. But the man known as the Little Beast does get his props these days. This pro’s pro is universally lauded for making the most of what he has, and for not being a jerk about it. The trouble may come if and when Ferrer ever begins to beat the Top 3 on a regular basis—that’s when the lack of respect, from their fans, might kick in.

Alarming stat of the day: The slumping John Isner has won just four tennis matches since Winston-Salem (August) last year.

Daft reporter question of the day:

Q to Serena Williams: “We saw Caroline Wozniacki do a great impression of you several weeks ago. Who can you do a great impression of?”

The players participating in Hopman Cup, including Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, Tommy Haas, Venus Williams, John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, and more, got dressed up for a New Year’s Eve ball in Perth.

Maria Sharapova spoke to the press about withdrawing from Brisbane with a collarbone injury:

Tweet of the day:

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