The off-court milestones of 2012
It's the end of the year and this is the time the tennis world likes to spend reminiscing. There's hardly any player, journalist or fan who hasn't taken a look back at all the intriguing on-court happenings from 2012 -- the good, the bad and the ugly.
So now is the perfect time not to forget that for many players, the last year has also featured some special off-court turning points they'll keep close to their hearts throughout their lives.
Here's some of the key 2012 off-court milestones from the world of tennis.
Mike Bryan and Lucille Williams: Mike and British native, Lucille, a wedding planner, married in Santa Barbara, Calif. in November. Just like any other couple, the Bryans registered on the Wedding Channel website listing gift suggestions from several department stores. What did the couple want? Everything from cookware to a steam mop.
Marcos Baghdatis and Karolina Sprem: In an all-tennis marriage, Baghdatis and Sprem chose Trakoscan Castle in Croatia as the setting for their vow exchange in mid-July. The duo, who started dating in January 2012, also welcomed their first child, daughter, Zahara, in October.
Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova: In the other all-tennis nuptials, Melzer and Benesova also picked a castle to celebrate their wedding. Laxenburg Castle in Austria was the site of their September wedding. The two won the 2011 Wimbledon mixed doubles title together, bringing their romance onto the court.
James Blake and Emily Snider: Blake married publicist sweetheart Emily Snider in a beach ceremony in California in November. In attendance -- and making her way down the aisle with Snider's mom -- was the couples' 5-month-old daughter, Riley.
Others walking down the aisle: Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to Juan Domingo, Chanelle Scheepers to Roger Anderson, Robby Ginepri to Josephine Stafford, Rohan Bopanna to Supriya, Matthew Ebden to Kim Doig, and Florent Serra to Severine de Cordova.
Justine Henin: Seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin announced via Facebook that she was expecting a baby in March 2013. Henin, who retired from the game for the second time in early 2011, will welcome her first child with boyfriend Benoit Pertuzzo.
Liezel and Tony Huber: Welcomed Joshua Jacob to their family via adoption in Sepbtember. The couple, who have been married 12 years, will become a traveling threesome in 2013 so mom can continue her glorious doubles career.
Bob and Michelle Bryan: The tennis world was all focused on the pending birth of Micaela Bryan, as Bob Bryan was playing the Australian Open. Bob just made it home from playing the Australian Open doubles final to be on hand for the birth. Dad has posed Micaela with every top player he can find and has helped his daughter have a very active Facebook account.
Other Births: Olivia to Robin and Jenni Soderling, Nils to Gilles and Alessia Muller, Louise to Michael and Camille Llodra, Noah to Alexander and Natascha Peya. Riley to James and Emily Blake, Zahara to Marcos Baghdatis and Karolina Sprem.
Maria Sharapova and basketball star Sasha Vujacic called off their engagement, citing that time apart made it difficult to keep the relationship going.
Andy Roddick: The 2003 U.S. Open champion and former No. 1 surprised many by announcing midway through the U.S. Open that the tournament would be the last of his illustrious career. Roddick, also a three-time Wimbledon and 2006 U.S. Open finalist, won 32 career titles and 33 Davis Cup matches, leading the U.S. to the 2007 Davis Cup victory.
Kim Clijsters: A former No. 1, Clijsters closed out her second career in tennis at the 2012 U.S. Open. Following her win at the 2005 U.S. Open, Clijsters took a two-year hiatus to marry and have a daughter, Jada, but decided she missed the game. Upon her 2009 return to the court, Clijsters won the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Open, and 2011 Australian Open titles and became the first mother to rank No. 1 since the WTA Tour rankings began in 1975.
Juan Carlos Ferrero: The former No. 1 and 2003 French Open champion closed out his career at his hometown event in Valencia, Spain, in October. Ferrero, who also was the 2003 U.S. Open finalist, will move on to become the tournament director of the 2013 Valencia tournament. He owns a small, upscale hotel in Valencia.
Gisela Dulko: The Argentine, who reached the No. 2 ranking in doubles, and also had a stellar singles career, announced her retirement in November at the end of the season. Dulko won four singles and 17 doubles titles, including the 2011 Australian Open title.
Fernando Gonzalez: The former top-5 player from Chile won 11 career titles and was the 2007 Australian Open finalist. He ended his playing days at the Sony Open in Miami.
Ivan Ljubicic: Top-5 player from Croatia won 10 career titles and reached the semifinal of the 2006 French Open.
Arnaud Clement: -The crafty Frenchman known for wearing wrap around sunglasses reached the 2001 Australian Open final.
HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT
Gustavo Kuerten: Former No. 1 and three-time French Open champion.
Jennifer Capriati: Former No. 1, three-time Grand Slam champion and 1992 Olympic gold medalist.