2020 was quite a tough year for all of us, not only in sport but also in real life and we have highlighted things that certainly influenced the tennis season as well. The season saw the suspension and postponement of several tournaments and there was the cancellation of a Grand Slam, that of Wimbledon.
But the three other Slams, the Australian Open (that was held without any rescheduling problems at the start of the year), the US Open and the French Open were held successfully, and within a few weeks, it will once again be time for the first Slam of 2021, the Australian Open.
The tennis bodies are working to start the 2021 season in the best possible way and in the last few days, the calendar was made official until the beginning of April.
The Australian Open and the COVID-19 problem
After 61 days of total absence and partial tranquillity in Australia, three cases of COVID-19 positive swabs were found by the health authorities.
Close to New Year's Eve and the first days of 2021, there is a new alert with the cases found in the state of Victoria (Melbourne) and which could dramatically lead to questioning the first Grand Slam of the year, scheduled from 8 to 21 February.
Health authorities are hard at work trying to identify and contact people who may have been in contact with positive people, and the government will soon publish a list of areas potentially exposed to the virus. After small positive signs in Australia virus anxiety returns and given the problems that countries like the United Kingdom and partly Spain are facing, there is also concern that the Government avoids having all these tennis players come from various parts of the world.
world. Updates are expected and in the coming days, we will understand the evolution of the situation. Anyway, for now, we know that all the greatest tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Open, should return to the courts, to the joy of his fans, at the end of February or at the beginning of March.