1. An "out of the blue" slam winner. Sure, Murray was a first-timer in
2012, but he was very much a known quantity becausr of his previous
finals and many years near the top of the rankings. Nothing generates
e***ment quite like an unfamiliar face explosively rising to
stardom. Wouldn't have to be one of the so-called young guns, which
seems unlikely anyway.
2. A resolution of the Nadal situation. It would be best for the game
if he could return and play a reduced but still robust schedule,
hitting most of the big events. A few more great matches with the rest
of the Big 4 -- who would object? Barring that, however, a definitive
retirement would be preferable to an endless stretch of uncertainty
punctuated by occasional tournaments and long rehab periods.
3. A last hurrah for Federer. Although it's clear that Fed has the
capability of remaining in the top 10 for a long time, his days of
contending for the biggest titles are waning. Three years in a row of
only one slam final per year means any chance that appears must be
seized. One more slam would be terrific, of course, but something like
a long-awaited championship in Rome (perhaps over Nadal?) would add a
feather as well.
4. A new surface. Blue clay was tried and rejected (prematurely, IMO),
but that doesn't mean thoughtful experimentation with court surfaces
should cease. Something novel and quick would add much-needed spice.
5. A fix for Paris. It's not feasible to hold a Masters event the week
before the WTF. A big tournament in which the only players who care
are Frenchmen and Ferrer is not viable.
6. A clear-skied slam. Miserable rain at Roland Garros. Rain at Wimby,
then the roof. Horrible wind at Flushing. And torrents of sweat in
Melbourne. :) Good weather for tennis would be a pleasant change.