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!