Although they say a picture is worth a thousand words, it's difficult to put the entire 2006 tennis season into one photo gallery.
Two greats -- Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova -- put their racquets down. Agassi got to the third round of the 2006 US Open where he lost to Benjamin Becker. It was a tearful goodbye for a tennis icon who has defined a generation for tennis fans. And Navratilova left her career behind on a high note after winning the 2006 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship with partner Bob Bryan.
It was an unprecedented year for Roger Federer, getting to all four Grand Slam finals, losing only the French Open, and finishing the year with a 92-5 match record. Maria Sharapova won her first US Open after defeating Justine Henin-Hardenne. As for Henin-Hardenne, she finished the year as the No. 1 ranked player to cap a stellar year in which she reached all four Grand Slam finals. Andy Roddick won the US Open Series on the men's side and newcomer Ana Ivanovic won for the women. Martina Hingis returned in a big way, and James Blake finished the year in the No. 4 slot.
These are just some of the highlights that made 2006 a year to remember. We hope you enjoy this small sampling of the 2006 tennis season in our edition of "Photos of the Year" and we look forward to great things to come in 2007.