Switzerland’s Dominic Thiem won his first Grand Slam title in New York defeating Russia’s Alexander Zverev whilst in the Ladies competition Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeated Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka.
When will tennis resume this year many people are asking with the cancellation of Wimbledon and the postponement of the French Open until September.
Due to COVID-19 the French Open has been put back to the end of September from May in the hope that by the threat of COVID-19 would have eased allowing for sporting events to take place again, which is by no means guaranteed.
Novak Djokovic moved closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam totals with a convincing display at the Australian Open where he won his eighth Australian Open title which is a record.
In the final he defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem in five sets despite being two sets to one down and is now just three grand slams behind Federer and two behind Nadal. The victory also resulted in him becoming world number one again. Thiem will see it as another missed opportunity, this was his third Grand Slam final and third defeat.
Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka won the Men’s and Ladies singles championships at the Australian Open in Melbourne defeating Rafael Nadal and Petra Kvitová respectively.
The ATP Tour Finals start this week at London’s O2 Arena which brings together the top eight men’s singles and doubles players together for this end of season show down which determines who will end the year as world number one.
Spectators are guaranteed to see some big names such as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along with the best doubles players in the world such as Great Britain’s Jamie Murray.
A few years ago, people were beginning to write off Roger Federer especially since Novak Djokovic was in such fine form and had beaten Federer in a couple of Wimbledon finals.
Since then Federer has burst back into life winning two Australian Open titles and one Wimbledon title and is favourite for this year’s title at the age of 36.
If someone had told Roger Federer that he would be going into the US Open as favourite, having already won two Grand Slams this year, he would no doubt have thought that person was crazy.
The Wimbledon tournament starts tomorrow and this year promises to be another exciting tournament especially with the resurgence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have dominated men’s tennis this year winning the Australian and French Open years as well as a cluster of Masters titles.
The French Open starts on Monday, in Paris, in what is the second Grand Slam of the year. Rafael Nadal starts as the men’s favourite and he will be looking for his 10th crown.
One name missing from the men’s draw is Australian open champion Roger Federer who isn’t playing the clay court season and is saving himself for Wimbledon where he has won the title a record number of times.
The first Grand Slam of 2017 starts on Monday in Melbourne in what could be a good year for Britain’s Andy Murray who has performed well in Australia before. His main rivals have had an indifferent last six months or so with Federer and Nadal both being injured and Djokovic struggling for form.