Tennis in 2020: Looking back on the past 12 months


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It was a very strange year in tennis in 2020, as it was in all sports. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the calendar was completely shaken up and only three of the grand slams were held.

For the first time since World War II, Wimbledon was not held.

“It is with great regret that the main board of the All England Club and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” the organisers explained at the time.

The 2020 Australian Open did take place as usual before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world of sport to a halt.

Novak Djokovic defeated Dominic Thiem in five sets in Melbourne in February, winning 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. That was his 17th grand slam title and saw the Serbian reclaim the world number one spot from Rafael Nadal.

The pandemic then brought the season to a half, while the return saw the calendar inverted somewhat. The US Open and the hardcourt season came first and Thiem won his first grand slam by overcoming Alexander Zverev in the final, doing so 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6. It was an impressive comeback from two sets down.

It was partly made possible, though, by Nadal’s decision not to participate and Djokovic’s disqualification for accidentally hitting a ball at a lineswoman.

When the delayed European clay court season started, Nadal did what he always does and won the French Open. The Spaniard overcame Djokovic over three sets in the final, winning 6-0, 6-2, 7-5.

Djokovic, though, finished the year as the world number one despite not winning a grand slam since the Australian Open win at the start of 2020.

In the women’s game, Sofia Kenin won the Australian Open, Naomi Osaka won the US Open and Iga Swiatek won the French Open.



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