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    • By Ross Andrew Hemphill
      Well it is time for the annual tennis thread to get underway, with an exciting 2016 season coming up! The first tournaments of the year are beginning this weekend, with qualifying matches already being played. Here are the links to the first tournaments of the 2016 calendar:
      Mubadala World Tennis Championships ( ATP Exhibition Event) http://www.mubadalawtc.com/
      Shenzhen Open Tennis (WTA International Event) http://www.shenzhenopentennis.com/2016/eng/index.php
      ASB Classic, Auckland (WTA International Event) http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/
      Brisbane International (WTA Premier Event and ATP 250 Event) http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/
      Qatar Exxon Mobil Open (ATP 250 Event) http://www.qatartennis.org/tournaments/index/90
      Aircel Chennai Tennis Open (ATP 250 Event) http://www.aircelchennaiopen.org/2016/news/view/aircel-chennai-open-2016
      Enjoy everyone, I know I will!!!!!!!!!
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      Its the very first day of the year with tennis underway in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi.
      This year is looking a very exciting year with more and more up and coming competitors showing the big boys and girls how its done. One player in particular is Eugenie Bouchard. This 20 year old sensation came and surprised everyone last season, reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open; The semifinals of the French Open; fourth round at US Open and of course reached the Wimbledon Final in the summer. She also won the first title of her career at the 2014 Nurnberg Cup and was voted the WTA most improved player climbing from 32nd to year-end 7th place in the rankings, reaching a career high 5th on the way, smashing all sorts of records as well. Genie will be a title contender in my eyes this year, with so much potential in her at such a young age, and is yet to reach her 'prime time' in her career. Give her a few years and she may be in the top 2 or 3 in the world with a few grand-slams under her belt. There is also the likes of the small but mighty Simona Halep, the powerhouse Petra Kvitova, the current Queen of tennis Serena Williams, the Russian perfectionist Maria Sharapova and the Polish princess Agnieszka Radwanska to give some really great tennis to look forward to!
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      So lets get the thread up and running and keep it busy but many of you may not even know about the tennis this week, I'm just obsessed with it, And one player in particular.... not that that's hard to figure out.
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