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Top 20 Tennis Gifs of 2011

There have been a lot of 2011 lists made this month that perfectly sum up the tennis season, shine light on the best and worst matches and spark intellectual debate amongst tennis fans. This is not one of those lists.

Rather I have spent the past week scouring the depths of Tumblr and Tennis Forum, polling on Twitter, and racking my brain to come up with the first (that I’m aware of) all-tennis-gif list! The only rules I set for myself was that it had to be a gif from the 2011 season, and that it couldn’t contain words (an arbitrary rule I admit, but it helped narrow things down).

So sit back, close out some of your other tabs and programs (this is very image heavy- 20 gifs!) and enjoy this unique look back at the 2011 season.

20. Victorious Vika

 

 

 

 

 

 

The always understated Viktoria Azarenka came out of her shell to celebrate a victory at Wimbledon.

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19. Best Shot Ever

Mr. Modesty Andy Roddick reacted to his infamous Championship point at Memphis in February.

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18. Vegemite Vera

Vera Zvonareva’s poker face was as good as ever as she tried some vegemite at the Australian Open.

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17. Ferrer Shrugs

No big deal, David Ferrer. You just beat Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-1 at the World Tour Finals.

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16. Bouncing Bartoli

Thirsty girl! Only Marion Bartoli (at the Australian Open) could make sitting look so exhausting and mesmerizing.

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 15. Dancing Frenchies

The world is just a better place when Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are dancing in it. Together.

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 14. The Miracle

In February’s Fed Cup tie, Russian teammates Dinara Safina and Maria Sharapova shared a laugh. Then my heart exploded.

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13. Dynamite Dani

Daniela Hantuchova upset World #1 Caroline Wozniacki at the French Open, then unleashed her inner dork.

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12. Murray’s Shower Surprise

“Like” it or not, Andy Murray caused quite a splash in his Head Racket commercial, released earlier this year.

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 11. Hungry Fer

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t play tennis, might as well eat a burger. Isn’t that the saying? (Fernando Verdasco at the tie in Austin, Texas)

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 10. The Petko Dance (+1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Petkovic lost the China Open Final, then danced with winner Agnieszka Radwanska. She’s cooler than you are.

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9. Jo’s Head Bop

In the Valencia final Juan Martin Del Potro did what we’ve all wanted to do for some time and knocked Tsonga in the head.

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8. Sabine Celebrates

If you don’t feel warm fuzzies watching Sabine Lisicki react to her win over Li Na at Wimbledon, you officially don’t have a soul.

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7. The Djoker Returns

Work it! Thanks to a rain delay at Wimbledon Novak Djokovic found some time for fun in the midst of all that winning.

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6. Federer’s Finger

Roger Federer upset the world #1, ended the winning treak, and then wagged his finger. I’m not sure which was more noteworthy.

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5. Gilles and Son

He won the Hamburg title and then gave the cutest high-five ever. It was a good few minutes for Gilles Simon.

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4. The Kiss That Missed

Grigor Dimitrov missed his shots on the court and (incredibly awkwardly) at the net in his loss to Gael Monfils at the U.S. Open.

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3. Slip, Slide, and Catch

Only Rafael Nadal could make falling look this cool. It’s really just ridiculous.

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2. Settle Down

David Ferrer gets excited, Feliciano Lopez calms him down, and the guy in the background remains creepy. A Davis Cup classic.

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1. The Disappearing Racket

At first it was there, and then it wasn’t.  Radwanska’s Australian Open racket mishap still can’t be beaten- it was by far the best gif moment of the year.

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So, there’s my list.  What are your favorites? What did I miss? What shouldn’t be here? Sound off in the comments or send me a tweet.  And most of all tennis fans and friends, have a Happy New Year!