2012 in tennis

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This page covers all the major events in the sport of tennis in 2012.[1][2]

Important Events[edit]

January[edit]

Victoria Azarenka.
Novak Djokovic.
Esther Vergeer.
  • For the first time of his career, Novak Djokovic will enter the season as reigning World No. 1. Novak Djokovic was the defending champion [6] and retain the Australian Open title by winning in the final against Rafael Nadal. It was the longest match in the history of the Australian Open, and in fact, the longest ever final in Grand Slam history; clocked at 5 hours and 53 minutes.[7] It marked the 5th Grand Slam of his career and his 3rd Australian Open. It also marked the first time that he had defended a Grand Slam title. After winning the 2012 Australian Open, Djokovic is on the edge of history, as is having an opportunity to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time (chances of completing a Golden Slam this year.), after winning the previous two in 2011. Nadal went on to become the first player to lose three Grand Slam finals in a row in the Open Era.[8]
  • Leander Paes completed a Career Grand Slam while Radek Štěpánek won his first ever Slam after winning the Australian Open in Men's Doubles.
  • The unseeded Russian pair Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva defeated the all Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in Australian Open in Women's Doubles.
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecău won the Australian Open in Mixed Doubles tournament by defeating Elena Vesnina and Leander Paes. Mattek-Sands was the only American, man or woman, to win a title at the Australian Open.
  • World number one wheel chair tennis player, Esther Vergeer defended her title against Aniek van Koot in the final of Australian Open in Wheelchair Women's Singles.

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

The Entire Year[edit]

Roger Federer played tennis. Novak Djokovic played tennis. Rafael Nadal didn't play tennis. Andy Murray played tennis. Federer won matches. Djokovic won matches. Murray won matches. Federer won Wimbledon. Djokovic won the Australian Open. Murray won the U.S. Open. Nadal won the French Open. Djokovic won the end of the year championships against Federer in the final.

November[edit]

December[edit]

ITF[edit]

Grand Slam events[edit]

Australian Open[edit]

The 2012 Australian Open is a tennis tournament that is taking place in Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia from January 16 to January 29, 2012. It is the 100th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam event of the year.

The 2012 Australian Open will take place from the January 2012 and is to be held at Melbourne Park. The Men's singles will be staged for the 100th time. There have been different 59 previous winners and the 100th staging of the event was marked by a special coin and the 2012 Champion will receive a special medallion. The tournament will also mark 50 years since Rod Laver won his first Grand Slam.[9] For the first time Hawk eye will be used on the Margaret Court Arena,[10] while Ken Fletcher will be inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.[11]

Main article: 2012 Australian Open
Category Champion(s) Finalist(s) Score in the final
Men's singles Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
Women's singles Belarus Victoria Azarenka Russia Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6–0
Men's doubles India Leander Paes
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7-6, 6–2
Women's doubles Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Mixed doubles United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Romania Horia Tecău
Russia Elena Vesnina
India Leander Paes
6–3, 5-7, [10–3]

French Open[edit]

The French Open (French: Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros or Tournoi de Roland-Garros, IPA: [ʁɔlɑ̃ ɡaʁɔs], named after the famous French aviator Roland Garros) is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. It is the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world and the second of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments – the other three are the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon. Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam held on clay and ends the spring clay court season.

Main article: 2012 French Open
Category Champion(s) Finalist(s) Score in the final
Men's singles Spain Rafael Nadal Serbia Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–3, 2–6, 7–5
Women's singles Russia Maria Sharapova Italy Sara Errani 6–3, 6–2
Men's doubles Belarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–4
Women's doubles Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Russia Nadia Petrova
4–6, 6–4, 6–2
Mixed doubles India Sania Mirza
India Mahesh Bhupathi
Poland Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Mexico Santiago González
7–6(7–3), 6–1

Wimbledon Championships[edit]

The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon (25 June – 8 July in 2012), is the only Major still played on grass, the game's original surface, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name. The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled respectively for the second Saturday and Sunday. Each year, five major events are contested, as well as four junior events and three invitational events.

Category Champion(s) Finalist(s) Score in the final
Men's singles Switzerland Roger Federer United Kingdom Andy Murray 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4
Women's singles United States Serena Williams Poland Agnieszka Radwańska 6–1, 5–7, 6–2
Men's doubles United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 6–7(5–7), 6–3
Women's doubles United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
7–5, 6–4
Mixed doubles United States Mike Bryan
United States Lisa Raymond
IndiaLeander Paes
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–3, 5–7, 6–4

US Open[edit]

The US Open, formally the United States Open Tennis Championships, is a hardcourt tennis tournament held annually in August and September over a two-week period (the weeks before and after Labor Day weekend).

Main article: 2012 US Open (tennis)
Category Champion(s) Finalist(s) Score in the final
Men's singles United Kingdom Andy Murray Serbia Novak Djokovic 7–6(12–10), 7–5, 2–6, 3–6, 6–2
Women's singles United States Serena Williams Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
Men's doubles United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
India Leander Paes
Czech Republic Radek Štepánek
6–3, 6–4
Women's doubles Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–4, 6–2
Mixed doubles Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Brazil Bruno Soares
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–7(8–10), 6–1, [12–10]

Davis Cup[edit]

The 2012 Davis Cup (also known as the 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for sponsorship purposes) is the 100th edition of the tournament between national teams in men's tennis.

The draw took place on 21 September 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.[12]

Main article: 2012 Davis Cup

World Group Draw

  • S-Seeded
  • U-Unseeded
    • Choice of ground
  First round
10–12 February
Quarterfinals
6–8 April
Semifinals
14–16 September
Final
16–18 November
                                     
Oviedo, Spain
1   Spain 5  
Oropesa del Mar, Spain (clay)
  Kazakhstan 0  
  1   Spain 4  
Wiener Neustadt, Austria
    Austria 1  
8   Russia 2
Gijón, Spain (clay)
  Austria 3  
  1   Spain 3  
Vancouver, Canada
  6   United States 1  
4   France 4  
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (clay)
  Canada 1  
  4   France 2
Fribourg, Switzerland
  6   United States 3  
6   United States 5
Prague, Czech Republic (indoor carpet)
   Switzerland 0  
  1   Spain 2
Ostrava, Czech Republic
  5   Czech Republic 3
  Italy 1  
Prague, Czech Republic (indoor clay)
5   Czech Republic 4  
  5   Czech Republic 4
Niš, Serbia
  3   Serbia 1  
  Sweden 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
3   Serbia 4  
  5   Czech Republic 3
Miki, Japan
  2   Argentina 2  
  Japan 2  
Buenos Aires, Argentina (clay)
7   Croatia 3  
  7   Croatia 1
Bamberg, Germany
  2   Argentina 4  
  Germany 1
2   Argentina 4  

Fed Cup[edit]

The 2012 Fed Cup (also known as the 2012 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas for sponsorship purposes) is the 50th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in women's tennis. The final will take place on 4–5 November.

Main article: 2012 Fed Cup

World Group Draw

  • S-Seeded
  • U-Unseeded
    • Choice of ground
  1st Round
4–5 February
Semifinals
21–22 April
Final
4–5 November
                           
  Moscow, Russia (indoor hard)
  1   Russia 3  
    Spain 2     Moscow, Russia (indoor clay)
    1   Russia 1  
Charleroi, Belgium (indoor hard)     Serbia 3  
  4   Belgium 2
    Serbia 3     Prague, Czech Republic (indoor hard)
      Serbia 1
  Biella, Italy (indoor clay)     2   Czech Republic 3
  3   Italy 3  
    Ukraine 2     Ostrava, Czech Republic (indoor hard)
    3   Italy 1
Stuttgart, Germany (indoor hard)   2   Czech Republic 4  
    Germany 1
  2   Czech Republic 4  

2012 London Olympics[edit]

The tennis competitions of the 2012 Summer Olympics were staged at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, from 29 July to 5 August 2012.[13] 172 tennis players competed in five events; singles and doubles for both men and women and for the first time since 1924 mixed doubles were officially included.

Category Champion(s) Finalist(s) Score in the final
Men's singles United Kingdom Andy Murray Switzerland Roger Federer 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
Women's singles United States Serena Williams Russia Maria Sharapova 6–0, 6–1
Men's doubles United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
France Michaël Llodra
France Jo Wilfried Tsonga
6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Women's doubles United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–4, 6–4
Mixed doubles Belarus Max Mirnyi
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
United Kingdom Andy Murray
United Kingdom Laura Robson
2–6, 6–3, [10–8]

ATP World Tour[edit]

The 2012 ATP World Tour is the global elite professional tennis circuit organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) for the 2012 tennis season. The 2012 ATP World Tour calendar comprises the Grand Slam tournaments (supervised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)), the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, the ATP World Tour 500 series, the ATP World Tour 250 series, the ATP World Team Championship, the Davis Cup (organized by the ITF), the ATP World Tour Finals, and the tennis event at the London Summer Olympic Games. Also included in the 2012 calendar is the Hopman Cup, which is organized by the ITF and does not distribute ranking points.[14][15]

Main article: 2012 ATP World Tour

ATP Challenger Tour[edit]

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour is the secondary professional tennis circuit organized by the ATP. The 2012 ATP Challenger Tour calendar comprises 15 top tier Tretorn SERIE+ tournaments, and approximately 150 regular series tournaments, with prize money ranging from $35,000 up to $150,000.[16][17]

WTA Tour[edit]

The 2012 WTA Tour is the elite professional tennis circuit organized by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) for the 2012 tennis season. The 2012 WTA Tour calendar comprises the Grand Slam tournaments (supervised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)), the WTA Premier tournaments (Premier Mandatory, Premier 5, and regular Premier), the WTA International tournaments, the Fed Cup (organized by the ITF), the year-end championships (the WTA Tour Championships and the Tournament of Champions), and the tennis event at the London Summer Olympic Games. Also included in the 2012 calendar is the Hopman Cup, which is organized by the ITF and does not distribute ranking points.[18]

Main article: 2012 WTA Tour

Retirements[edit]

2007 Australian Open runner-up Fernando González retired after the Indian WellsMiami American swing.
Former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubičić played for the last time at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Andy Roddick was the year-end World No. 1 at the end of the 2003 season.

Following is a list of notable players (winners of a main tour title, and/or part of the ATP Rankings Top 100 (singles) or Top 50 (doubles) for at least one week) who announced their retirement from professional tennis, became inactive (after not playing for more than 52 weeks), or were permanently banned from playing, during the 2012 season:

  • Australia Peter Luczak (born 31 August 1979 in Warsaw, Poland, moved to Australia in 1980) joined the main circuit in 2000, peaking at No. 64 in singles in 2009. Competing mainly on the ITF Men's Circuit and the ATP Challenger Tour during his career, Luczak's best result came with a gold medal in doubles (w/ Hanley) at the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games. The Australian retired from the sport after losing in the second round of the Australian Open doubles in January.[19][20]
  • Germany Rainer Schüttler (born 25 April 1976 in Korbach, West Germany, now Germany) turned professional in 1995, reaching career-high rankings of singles No. 5 in 2004, and doubles No. 40 in 2005. Schüttler won four singles and four doubles titles during his stint on the main circuit, his best Grand Slam results coming with a final at the Australian Open (2003, lost to Agassi), and a semifinal run at Wimbledon (2008). Alongside countryman Nicolas Kiefer, the German also took the silver medal in doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, losing the final in five sets (to González/Massú). Schüttler last played in Melbourne in January.[21]
  • Argentina Juan Pablo Brzezicki (born 12 April 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) joined the tour in 2001, reaching a career-high ranking of singles No. 94 in 2008. Winner of one doubles titles on the main circuit, Brzezicki competed for the last time in Buenos Aires in February.[22]
  • Chile Fernando González (born July 29, 1980 in Santiago, Chile) joined the main tour in 1999, and reached his best singles ranking, No. 5, in early 2007, finishing two seasons in the Top Ten (2006–07). A Junior World No. 1, winner of the boys' doubles at the US Open in 1997 and the boys' singles and doubles at the French Open in 1998, González won 11 singles and three doubles titles on the pro circuit, and gathered three medals at the Olympics : the bronze in singles and the gold in doubles (w/ Nicolás Massú, def. Kiefer/Schüttler) in 2004, and the silver in singles (lost the final to Nadal) in 2008. The Chilean reached the last eight at every major, making three quarterfinals at Wimbledon (2005) and the US Open (2002, 2009), one semifinal at the French (2009), and one final at the Australian Open (2007, lost to Federer). Struggling with injuries for more than a year before deciding to retire, González played his last event in Miami in March.[23]
  • Argentina José Acasuso (born 20 October 1982 in Posadas, Argentina) turned professional in 1999, reaching career-high rankings of singles No. 20 and doubles No. 27, both in 2006. Mainly a clay court specialist, the Argentine took three singles and five doubles career titles, all on the surface. Playing for Argentina, Acasuso competed in two Davis Cup finals (2006, 2008), but helped claim one World Team Cup title (2007). Acasuso announced his retirement in February, less than a year after his last match in the French Open qualifying in May 2011.[24]
  • Croatia Ivan Ljubičić (born 19 March 1979 in Banja Luka, SFR Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina) turned professional in 1998, peaking at No. 3 in singles in 2006, ending two seasons in the Top Ten (2005–06). During his career Ljubičić won 10 singles titles, including one Masters shield at Indian Wells (2010), and went past the fourth round twice in Grand Slam tournaments, reaching one quarterfinal at the Australian Open (2006) and one semifinal at the French Open (2006). Playing for his country, the Croat partnered Mario Ančić to a bronze medal in doubles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and took part in one successful Davis Cup campaign (2005). Ljubičić played his last tournament in Monte Carlo in April.[25]
  • France Arnaud Clément (born 17 December 1977 in Aix-en-Provence, France) became a tennis professional in 1996, peaking as singles No. 10 in 2001, and doubles No. 8 in 2008. In singles, Clément won four titles, made the quarterfinals at all majors but one (the French Open), and reached one Grand Slam final at the Australian Open (2001, lost to Agassi). In doubles, he collected 12 titles and made two major finals with Michaël Llodra, winning one at Wimbledon (2007), and losing the other in Australia (2008). A member of the French Davis Cup team for nine years, winner of one title (2001), Clément was selected in June to become the new captain starting in 2013.[26] The Frenchman played his last event on the tour in the Wimbledon doubles in July.[27]
  • United States Andy Roddick (born 30 August 1982 in Omaha, United States) turned professional in 2000, and became the sixth American player to be ranked World No. 1 in singles when he reached the top spot on November 3, 2003, holding it for a single spell of 13 straight weeks. Roddick finished nine seasons in the ATP Rankings singles Top Ten (2002–10), including one year as No. 1 (2003), and also reached the No. 50 ranking in doubles in 2010. As a Junior, the American took two singles Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and the US Open in 2000, finishing the season as Junior World No. 1. Over his 12-year pro career, Roddick collected 32 singles titles, on every surface, among which five Masters shields and one Grand Slam title, at the US Open (2003, def. Ferrero). Roddick's other best results in majors came with four semifinals at the Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009), three finals at Wimbledon (2004, 2005, 2009, all lost to Federer), and another final at the US Open (2006, lost to Federer). In doubles, Roddick won four titles including one Masters trophy. Part of the United States Davis Cup roster for 25 ties over 10 years, Roddick helped the team to a final in 2004, and a title (the country's 32nd) in 2007. The American announced he would retire after the US Open in September.[28]

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