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Grand Slam 2020 … between champions, cancellations, and Nadal’s historical numbers

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The Grand Slam Championships, the most important event in tennis worldwide, are the four major tournaments in the game that are held annually.

The “Grand Slam” tournaments – Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Open, and the US Open – begin in January and end in September of each year.

One of the Grand Slam competitions’ winners gets 2,000 points, which is added to him in the tennis players ’classification, the highest point number for any competition.

Wimbledon abolished

The 2020 Wimbledon Championship, which was scheduled to be held between June 29 and July 12, was canceled as the second Grand Slam tournament, as part of the repercussions of the new Coronavirus, represented by the closure and the suspension of sporting activities, as the English championship was announced at the beginning of last April…

That period had witnessed the announcement of the postponement of several major tournaments globally, such as the Tokyo Olympics, the European Nations Cup, and the Copa America.

The cancellation was the first in the tournament’s history since World War II in 1945 when it was supposed to be the tournament’s 134th edition.

Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first tournament to be held in a “Grand Slam” globally, noting that the 2020 edition bears the 108th number of the competition.

The tournament was held from January 20, 2020, to February 2, before the wave of postponements after the new Coronavirus spread.

Serbian Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title by defeating Austrian Dominic Thiem in 3 sets of two groups, with 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, while losing 6-4, 6-2.

In the women’s singles competition, American Sophia Kenin defeated Spanish Gabrine Muguruza in two sets, ending 6-2, while she lost 6-4.

In the men’s doubles, the duo of American Rajeev Ram and Britain’s Joe Salisbury beat Australian counterpart Max Purcell and Luke Saville in sets 6-4 and 6-2.

In the women’s doubles, Hungarian Timia Papus and French Christina Mladenovic beat Taiwanese Heishi Su Wei and Czech Barbora Strikova in sets 6-2, 6-1.

In mixed doubles, the Croatian side Nikola Mikitic and the Czech team Barbora Krijkova defeated the American-British duo consisting of American player Bethany Matic Sands and England’s Jamie Murray 6-3 7-6.

Life returns in America

The 2020 US Open saw the return to the Grand Slam tournaments’ life after a 5-month hiatus and was held from August 31 to September 13, after a February hiatus of the Grand Slam tournaments.

For his part, Dominic Thiem won his first title in the major tournaments after achieving a massive uprising and defeating German Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 in a thrilling final.

In the women’s singles competition, Japanese Naomi Osaka won the championship, beating Belarusian Victoria Azarenka two sets to one final group.

Osaka lost in the first set 1-6, before rising and deciding the second and third groups in its favor by 6-3, 6-3.

In Doubles Men, the Croatian Matti Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Suarez team defeated Dutch team Wesley Kollhoff and Croatian Nikola Mikitic 7-5 6/3.

While in the women’s doubles, the German, Laura Siegmund, and Russian Vera Zvonareva beat the American team, Nicole Melchar, and the Chinese, Zhou Yifan two groups 6-4 and 6-4.

French Open

The French Open was held 4 months late and played from September 27 to October 11, instead of May 24 to June 7.

For his part, Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam tournament and the 13th in the French Open by beating Novak Djokovic in the final, with 3 sets 6/0, 6/2, and 7/5.

Nadal, with this title, managed to equal Roger Federer’s record with 20 Grand Slam titles.

Nadal became the first player in history, both men and women, to win 100 matches in the French Open.

In the women’s competition, Poland’s Igja Swetek won the women’s singles title by winning in sets 6-1 and 6-4 over American Sofia Kenin.

In the men’s doubles, the German duo, Kevin Groves and Andreas Mess, beat his Croatian counterpart Matti Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Suarez in sets 6-3 7-5.

In the women’s doubles, Hungarian Timia Paphos and French Christina beat Czech Alexa Gauci and American Desari Kroوكi in sets 6-4 and 7-5.

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