2020 was an incredible year for tennis, even with the extended pandemic break. Let’s look back at the year’s biggest moments.
24th – Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki retired after her 3rd round Australian Open defeat.
1st – Sofia Kenin won her first Grand Slam title by defeating Garbiñe Muguruza in the Australian Open final.
2nd – Novak Djokovic won a record-extending 8th Australian Open title, defeating Dominic Thiem in the final. This was Djokovic’s 17th Grand Slam title.
26th – Former World No. 1 & career Grand Slam holder Maria Sharapova retires at 32 years old.
26th – The Bryan Brothers, considered the best doubles team in tennis history, announced they planned to retire after the US Open; amid safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, they retired before the US Open.
12th – Naomi Osaka won her 3rd Grand Slam title, with a 2nd US Open, defeating Victoria Azarenka in the final.
13th – Dominic Thiem won his first Grand Slam title, defeating Alexander Zverev in five sets to win the US Open, becoming the first male player born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam singles title.
10th – Iga Świątek won her first Grand Slam title by defeating Sofia Kenin in the French Open final. Świątek is the first Polish player & first player born in the 21st century, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title.
11th – By beating Novak Djokovic in the final in straight sets, three-time defending champion Rafael Nadal won his 13th French Open title and his 20th Grand Slam singles title overall, equaling Roger Federer’s all-time record.
6th – Novak Djokovic finished as ATP World No. 1 for the 2nd time in 3 years & an Open Era record 6th time (equaling Pete Sampras).
What was your favorite moment of the 2020 tennis season? What big moments are you expecting in 2021? Let me know in the comments below!
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