Tennis Recently and the US Open

Tennis is one of the biggest and most entertaining sports in the world, and last Summer was no different. The Summer started with one of the most recognized tournaments in the sport: The French Open (also known as Roland Garros) an annual tournament held in Paris. This tournament is one of the four major tournaments in tennis, which are called Grand Slams. The eventual winner of Roland Garros was Novak Djokovic after He defeated the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas by coming back two sets down. 

Novak Djokovic’s victory meant that he was one Grand Slam win away from tying the all-time record of 20 Grand Slam championships, which was held by  the two of the most dominant players of the 21st century: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 

After a series of smaller tournaments during June, another Grand Slam came. This time, it was across the English channel in London. Wimbledon is regarded to be the most popular and most historical tennis tournament largely due to the unique grass courts that have become iconic in the sport. This year’s edition saw eight-times winner and crowd favorite Roger Federer be eliminated in the quarter final, which capped off a year full of struggles due to injury.  In the end, Novak Djokovic claimed the Grand Slam victory by defeating Matteo Berrettini in four sets. This means that Djokovic has now equalled the record for total Grand Slam championships.

The final major tennis tournament of the Summer was none other than the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This event was scheduled to take place in July of 2020 but was postponed for 1 year due to COVID 19. The undisputed favorite to win gold, Novak Djokovic, crashed out of the tournament in the semi finals at the hands of the eventual gold medalist, Alexander Zverev. This entertaining Olympic games capped off a spectacular Summer of tennis, but it’s not even close to finishing.

The last Grand Slam of the year started on Monday, August, 30th and takes place in New York. The US Open is well underway, but is suffering from big absences which include Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, the Williams sisters, and other prominent players. Though these players will be missed, I’m sure that the 2021 US Open will be as entertaining as ever, and I strongly encourage everyone to watch it.

Alexandre Bertaux

Hi, I'm Alex, I'm a junior, and I like to play soccer and watch F1.

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