… you remember Djoko winning his eighth Australian Open, and the revelation Kenin winning her first ever Grand Slam tournament. Sun, big crowds, and only a few rumors of an epidemic spreading in a distant Chinese city… This was a year ago, but it feels like a century.
… you realize that the « Next Gen » has finally shown its talent on the big stage and managed to compete with the eternal Federer, Nadal and Djokovic trio: Thiem won his first major tournament at the US Open, Medvedev claimed the ATP Finals, and seven players born in the nineties are now in the top 10 of the ATP ranking…
… you loved seeing Iga Swiatek’s rise to the top at Roland-Garros. She’s probably the biggest young talent of women’s tennis at the moment, while we wait for Bianca Andreescu’s return on the courts, and for Cori Gauff to confirm her immense potential.
… you’re a Roger Federer fan, and you’re seeing him working very hard to get ready to play in 2021. Phew!
… you know that 2020 wasn’t Juan Martin Del Potro’s last season, as he’s obsessed with the Tokyo Olympics which will now take place in the 2021 summer.
… and that it wasn’t Serena Williams’ last season either, as she’s obsessed by the idea of winning a 24th Grand Slam tournament, and definitely make a unique mark in tennis history.
… you also enjoyed watching the lives of great champions: Federer laughing at his buddy Nadal’s bad internet connection, the French « four musketeers » Gasquet, Monfils, Tsonga and Simon looking back on their careers which are coming to an end…
… you were thrilled to watch the phenomenon Hugo Gaston at Roland-Garros. This incredible kid who lended prestige to the drop shot!
… you tell yourself that between him and Ugo Humbert, French tennis has got a bright future ahead.
… you’re happy to see that a group of exciting French players is also rising in women’s tennis with Fiona Ferro, Clara Curel, Diane Parry or Elsa Jacquemot.
… you enjoyed seeing Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens or Cori Gauff raising their voices in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
… you admired Victoria Azarenka’s return to the very top level, as she had been on the sidelines for a long time, but managed to play her first Grand Slam final in seven years at the US Open. Congratulations, madam.
… you also carefully followed the legendary Kim Clijsters’ attempt to come back, which was promising at first, but unfortunately ended because of an injury.
… Even Eugénie Bouchard has started playing tennis again! She even qualified for the final in Istanbul, last September.
… you can’t wait to see Ashleigh Barty back on the courts: as she has been in lockdown at home in Australia, the world number 1 has practically not played since her title won in Melbourne. But we’re sure she’ll have a great comeback in 2021!
… you also tell yourself that you’ll enjoy seeing the Wimbledon grass even more in 2021, after you’ve been deprived of it in 2020 because of this damned virus.
… you’re already thinking about next season, with the clash of generations in men’s tennis, Serena’s quest of the Grail in women’s tennis, the promise of a less shambolic season, the return of crowds in attendance, and all players going for it.
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