As the 14-day Australian Open ’20, the year’s first Grand Slam, sets to begin on Monday (January 20th) morning at the ‘Hard Courts’ of Melbourne park in the face of a slew of slanderous scrutinization on whether the tournament organizers could have done a better job to address air quality issue amid non-competing narratives of a nearly six-month-long apocalyptic bushfire, smokes of which had even clouded the LATAM skies, killed 29 people and half a million wildlife, ’19 Aussie Open singles’ champions, current 3rd seeds Naomi Osaka and the 2nd seeds Serbian Novak Djokovic, had been vying to vent out a way to defend titles.
Meanwhile, a more seasoned and less fearless Naomi Osaka was quoted saying in a press conference on Saturday (January 18th) that following the toughest year in her life, the 22-year-old extravaganza mentally had been in a better place to defend her title, while the Serbian cavalcade appeared to be still disturbed on air quality issue, as in a Sunday (January 19th) interview at Melbourne Park, Djokovic said being cautiously optimistic that the worst nightmares of the tournament might have been cast away.
Followings are some of the critical statistics to gaze in to with less than 24 hours before the tournament is set to begin. Surface and site: Hard Courts at Melbourne Park Schedule and seeds: The 14-day tournament would unroll on Monday 11 a.m.
Local time (January 20th, GMT. 00.00), while the women’s singles’ final would take place on February 1st and the men’s singles’ finale would be sprung up on February 2nd. Besides, the 23-year-old assiduous Australian, Ash Barty has been seeding the female singles’ no.
1, while the legendary trio, a revived Rafael Nadal, the ‘sedulous Serbian’ Novak Djokovic and the ‘Swiss Sturm-&-Drang’ Roger Federer, have been seeding the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in men’s singles’ respectively.
Last year: The 22-year-old Japanese picturesque, Naomi Osaka, won her second Grand Slam title in a row on last year’s Australian Open by ebbing off the red-letter Czeck Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 in the women singles’ finale, while the ‘delicate dueller’, Djokovic brushed aside the ‘Spaniard cannonball’ Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the men’s singles’ finale following a remarkably error-free and overpowering performance that the wondrous Serbian dubbed as “Truly a perfect performance”.
Who is missing? Although Murray had not walked away from the tennis after last year’s Aus. Open following his tear-filled departure from Melbourne park, the injury-prone former world’s No. 1 with three Grand Slams would not be able to partake this year’s Aus.
Open as his pelvic injury had not healed in time. Others missing the tournament due to health issue had been the ‘drop-dead-gorgeous’ defending US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu, 2009 US Open Champion Juan Martin del Porto alongside 2014 US Open runner up Kei Nishikori and the twenty-year-old Australian, Alex de Minaur.
Critical statistics Aussie Open ’20 could proffer consecutive Grand Slams titles to anyone of the legendary trio, Djokovic, Nadal or Federer, who had momentous tallies of winning 14 out of last 16 Aussie Opens on record.