Australian Open Has Way of Lifting Winter Blues


MELBOURNE—In the waning, dimming days of 2012, a few tennis players took to Twitter to let us know that they were about to begin a “journey.” The message was often accompanied by a photo of them at an airport, killing time by themselves or with their team. Even for these travel-hardened warriors of the sky, this was a trip worth noting. It was one that would take place in both time and space, one that would begin either in the U.S. or Europe and end in Australia, in a different hemisphere, on a different side of the equator, and in a new year. The rest of the world's tennis vagabonds would soon follow in their wake. 


I think of the beginning of the new season, and the Australian Open in particular, as a journey from darkness to light. This is true wherever...

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