It’s impossible to list all the records set in 2012, but here’s a short rundown of some heralded highlights, plus 20 of our favorites, including some you might have missed.
Britain's Andy Murray fought off Serbia's Novak Djokovic to win the US Open.
Serena Williams beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to win her fourth U.S. Open title and 15th Grand Slam title. Serena Williams won her first major championship at age 17 at the 1999 U.S. Open.
The owner of 11 Grand Slam titles is dealing with an injury and will not compete in the US championships, scheduled to start later this month.
Athletes and others have their say before and during the 30th Olympiad of the modern era in England.
Roger Federer beat Britain's Andy Murray in four sets. Roger Federer, with seven Wimbledon wins, is now tied with Pete Sampras.
Serena Williams won the women's singles title, then won the Wimbledon doubles championship with her sister, Venus. For Serena and Venus it was their fifth Wimbledon doubles title.
Six-time champion Roger Federer will play the 2011 Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic Friday in the semi-finals. Many see this as the marquee match of the men's Wimbledon tournament.
Both ladies top seed Maria Sharapova and former champion Serena Williams won 2nd round matches on Thursday to advance. On the men's side, American Andy Roddick also won.
An American teenager and Russian veteran both advanced to the Grand Slam tournament's fourth round on the ladies side of the draw.