From Challenger events to finals of Grand Slam tournaments, there was top notch shot making this year. We scoured the internet for the most fist-pump-worthy shots of 2016 and came up with some winners. In no particular order, here’s what we dug up.
Aga Radwanska – Qatar Total Open
If you have a hot shot list without Aga Radwanska then you’re doing it wrong.
Francis Tiafoe – Dallas Challenger
The young man has got what the kids call #swag.
Nick Kyrgios – Mutua Madrid Open
When you care as little as Nick Kyrgios you go for big shots, but it takes talent to actually pull them off.
Dustin Brown – Bergamo Challenger
Dustin Brown may have never quite made his mark on the top 25, but he is a bonafide hot shot legend.
BONUS HOT SHOT
This is 1B to Brown’s behind the back shot, because hitting the frame and turning it into a drop shot was a bit too much luck for me to handle.
Kei Nishikori – Miami Open
Kei exacts revenge on Kyrgios for the tweener lob, and what makes it even sweeter is this outrageous get was on match point of the tournaments semi-final.
Victoria Azarenka – Melbourne Open
There is something so satisfying about a shot around the net and Azarenka makes it look easy.
Rafa Nadal – The French Open
Speaking of making it look easy, Rafa Nadal makes the most difficult shots look routine. Walk in the park for him.
Lleyton Hewitt – Australian Open
Lleyton Hewitt called it quits on his hometown tourny Aussie Open, so we had to acknowledge him turning back the clock, even if for just a shot.
Barbora Strykova – The French Open
Not often do you see a hot shot where Radwanska is on the losing end. She did however, pull off her own almost butt shot before the real butt shot.
Alexandre Sidorenko – Saint Brieuc Challenger
This might be our favorite hot shot of the year. Audacious, unique, and oh so confident. Love it.
Constant Lestienne – Szczecin Challenger
Another nothing-to-lose challenger pulling off a cocky trick shot. The trend of 2016, Challengers maybe spending a bit too too much time on trick shots.
Aga Radwanska – Indian Wells
Have to end with the Queen of the hot shot. Not just her one from Indian Wells but her four best from over the last four years. Enjoy.