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2009: The year of the trophy ceremony

Updated: December 17, 2009, 2:30 PM ET
By Stephen Tignor, TENNIS.com

This is the era of good feelings and open hearts in tennis. The pros battle for five hours and then fall into an embrace at the net. They heap praise on each other in press conferences. They break down in tears at the drop of a hat.

That trend may have reached its peak over the past 12 months. The sport has never had a season quite as soul stirring or sentimental as 2009. It's also never had a season where more memorable moments occurred on Grand Slam trophy stands than on the court during ...

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