• The strangest tennis moments of 2010 - part 1

    12/16/10 4:03 AM | Cheryl Murray
    The strangest tennis moments of 2010 - part 1 Tennistalk is counting down the best and worst of 2010. In this edition we recall the strangest moments of the year, starting with Nos. 10-7.

    10. The Djokovics climb out on a fashion limb

    The Serb Family Djokovic has never been one to be shy in support of son and brother Novak. On one memorable occasion, each family member (Mom, Dad and brothers) donned a white t-shirt with a different letter to spell out N-O-L-E. Considering the logistical issues that could have arisen had one or more Djokovic been out of position (LONE, ONE L, LEON), this was a fairly brave undertaking.

    Srdjan Djokovic, proud papa to the world No. 3, went one better at the US Open. He had a custom t-shirt made up with a giant photo of Nole’s head on the front. Better, the cameraman providing the live feed on Arthur Ashe stadium clearly had a fascination with The Shirt, which he showed on at least a half dozen occasions. Full credit to Nole for taking the not-so-gentle teasing with aplomb. "He's a proud father. What can I say?" the Serb said when asked (repeatedly) about it.

    9. Lleyton Hewitt beats The Federer. On GRASS.

    Nothing against Lleyton Hewitt, but this was just bizarre. Roger Federer had won their last 15 encounters. FIFTEEN. Hewitt had not beaten Federer since 2003, which means that for seven years, the Aussie went without a win against Fed. And out of nowhere, Hewitt who was a tad beaten up and surely not at his best level gets a win over Roger Federer on grass.

    8. Grigor Dimitrov beats...a chair umpire?

    Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov might have a little bit of a problem with his temper. Just a couple of weeks ago, world no. 106 Dimitrov lost in the semifinals of a Challenger tournament in Helsinki, Finland (to Richard Berankis). And in protest of losing the match, Dimitrov tracked down chair umpire Daniel Infanger his displeasure in the way that the match was officiated. Loudly. And with some shoving for emphasis. So far, Mr. Dimitrov has received a 2000 Euro fine for his lapse in judgment.

    7. Bernard Tomic stays out past his bedtime

    Australia’s Bernard Tomic, ranked just inside the top 300 when he played this year’s Australian Open. Tomic got through his first match against France’s Guillaume Rufin, but he ran into world No. 14 Marin Cilic in the second round. In a show of faith, Australian Open organizers gave Tomic the primetime evening spot. After losing a five-set heartbreaker, Tomic did what any 17-year-old ranked No. 289 would do upon getting the chance to show his stuff on the main court of a major – he blamed officials for keeping him out past his bedtime. He'd SURELY have won that match if they’d only given him the day match like he requested. One wonders what gems Mr. Tomic will offer next year....

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Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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