You know that you’ve lived the 2010 decade with We Are Tennis when…

Dec 1, 2021, 6:00:00 AM | by Regis Delanoe

Félix Auger-Aliassime
Goodness, ten years… Ten years of Fedal galore, of magic Djoko, of a Next Gen which has finally landed, of Serena Williams’ record quest, of a crazy WTA circuit, of legendary matches, of crazy outfits… And all this was on We Are Tennis, obviously. You know you’ve been with us when…

… you remember Stan Wawrinka’s crazy checked beach shorts in the 2015 French Open final and you loved it as much as Andre Agassi’s denim shorts in 1988 or Gustavo Kuerten’s yellow and blue shirt in 1997. Each decade has its clothing extravagance.

… you are a We Are Tennis Fan Academy member, and you don’t regret it.

… one of your new favourite players is named Félix and he is from Canada. You love his style, his personality, but also his implication in the #FAAPOINTSFORCHANGE project. The rule is simple: since January 2020, any time Felix Auger-Aliassime has earnt a point on the ATP circuit, he has given $5 while his partner BNP Paribas has added another $15 to an NGO which helps 2,500 children in Togo. Congrats, Félix!

… you are passionate about Serena Williams’ victory record quest in Grand Slam tournaments. She is one victory away from Margaret Court’s absolute record of 24 titles. The best show of the decade!

… your best recent memory in women’s tennis is the unexpected France win to Australia in Perth, in 2019, due to a great Kiki Mladenovic, but also a real team spirit.

… you can’t start a Monday without your great weekly recap anymore.

… you are a regular We Are Tennis contest participant.

… you have already been part of the We Are Tennis ball-boy selection.

… you have enjoyed the “Fedals”, i.e., the clashes between tennis giants Federer and Nadal: 41 matches since 2004, and 24 victories for Nadal, even though the latest – the 2019 Wimbledon semi-final – was won by Federer.

… you have also enjoyed the respectful bond that has grown between them over the years. It was revealed during a lovely live video they made for their fans in Spring 2020, during the lockdown.

… speaking of lockdown memories, the best of them is definitely the online aperitif shared by Stan Wawrinka and Benoît Paire.

… you had as much fun as you were angry seeing Benoît Paire getting crazy and arguing nicely with Marion Bartoli.

… speaking of crazy, you got more than you bargained for with uncontrollable Nick Kyrgios, who is sometimes awesome and brilliant on the court and social media, but also capable of incredible fits of rage.

… you love how Daniil Medvedev interacts with the crowd, and how the circuit’s troublemaker managed to troll and provoke people to madness in the 2019 US Open.

… you fell in love with Hugo Gaston, the amazing and incredible guy who shook the Roland-Garros clay in 2020, and won the Paris crowd’s heart again in the most recent Masters 1000.

… you can’t stop laughing anytime Stefanos Tsitsipas takes a bathroom break.

… you still can’t believe Andy Murray came back with plastic hips. Take that, Braveheart!

… after Murray’s unhoped for comeback, you wish Juan Martin Del Potro, another favourite of yours, can make it too. You miss him a lot, don’t you?

… among the many tennis-related records that were beaten recently, the one which amazes you the most is the attendance record. It fell in February 2020, when 51,954 people gathered to watch Federer and Nadal in Cape Town, South Africa.

… you remember when a photographer baked an egg in the stands during the 2014 Australian Open, just to show how hot the weather was in Melbourne.

… you have a soft spot for Eugenie Bouchard, the Anna Kournikova of the 2010s.

… you miss some guys, like Tomas Berdych, the Bryan brothers, David Ferrer, Micka Llodra…

… and some girls too, like Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Lucie Safarova…

… you have read Craig Gabriel, the very first recruit to the contributing side of We Are Tennis. For 40 years he has travelled the world, building up the closest with the biggest names, working for the likes of Venus and Serena Williams, Andy Roddick and more as well as being media director at huge events. During the last decade he has constantly filled the We Are Tennis pages with content from the biggest tournaments in the world, including 140 Grand Slams, with written pieces (many exclusive), images and videos. And yes, he did play satellite circuit tennis. Our journey continues …

… you remember Roger Federer’s journal

… and Rafael Nadal’s too.

… you are crazy about the “you know that…” articles, especially the one on Pete Sampras

… the one on Andy Roddick

… and the one on Serena Williams.

… you also like our tips, especially those on equipment

… and the one on tennis elbow.

… you now know who Roland Garros was.

… you’ve visited Guy Forget’s head. Yeah, you’re welcome.

… you still remember when your favourite players were compared to comics superheroes.

… you have closely followed the evolution of your favourite sport: the Davis Cup reforms, the blue clay in Madrid, the Next Gen experiments, etc.

… you haven’t missed a bit of the restorations of the French Open stadium, with the building of a roof over Court Philippe Chatrier and a (wonderful) brand new Court Simonne Mathieu.

… you lost it when the most beautiful tennis love story between Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils went public.

… so did you for Fabio Fognini and Flavia Penetta.

… you have enjoyed 10 years of surprises on the WTA circuit, like Marion Bartoli’s incredible Wimbledon win in 2013, Jelena Ostapenko’s French Open title in 2017, Sloane Stephens US Open victory the same year, Barbora Krejcikova’s and Emma Raducanu’s wins in these two tournaments in 2021… It was a mess for bookmakers, but a pleasure for tennis fans!

… you will always remember the four French tennis musketeers of the 2010s (and more) – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gaël Monfils and Gilles Simon.

… however, when it comes to tennis superheroes, these brave Frenchmen obviously cannot rival the invincible Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. There even was a blessed time when there were four of them, with Andy Murray joining the fight too. What a time to be alive…

… you have seen the progressive rise of the famous Next Gen of talented players whose ambition is to kick out the legends who sit above them in the ranking. There was Thiem, then Zverev, Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime, and now Sinner and Alcaraz, among others. So many young champions out there!

… you are already waiting for the next decade and the “you know that you’ve lived the 2020 decade with We Are Tennis when…” article to celebrate the 20th anniversary of your favourite tennis news website.