The ever so ironic year of 1998
We hear so many people saying how 1999 was the best year in recent tennis history. In my opinion, 1998 was damn close to it, if not better.
At the beginning of the season teen phenom hysteria was at its height - Hingis, Venus Williams, Kournikova, Lucic were all coming up. Any player under 19 was seen as washed up and too old to win anything. And yet, look how it ended up.
The only teenager to win a Slam that year was Hingis, at Australian Open.
Arantxa won RG, and Jana won Wimbledon, and neither of them was a teenager, to say the least. Lindsay, who at the age of 22 was seen as a wasted talent, won US Open.
Wonderfully ironic, don't you think?