Grand Slam Tennis
The tennis season began again at the end of January, starting with the Australian Open. Who will finish the year on top? Here, we look at all the Grand Slam's that will be taking place over the next 12 months.
Australian Open (14th- 27th January)
The first Grand Slam of the New Year came from down under, in Melbourne, Australia. Tennis fans were expecting to see last year’s champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams attempt to repeat what they had achieved 12 months prior. One main difference between this tournament and the other three top tournaments is that this Grand Slam is the most gruelling with the weather conditions- as it is played in the height of the Australian Summer.
However, both champions were ultimately dethroned, as both Federer and Williams both failed to make the final. Novak Djokovic went on to win the men's title, as he beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets. The women's title went the way of Naomi Osaka. She earned her second Grand Slam title as she beat Petra Kvitova by two sets to one.
French Open (26th May- 9th June)
The stars will have to wait a few months before locking horns with their rivals again, as the French Open takes place nearly four months after the curtain raiser for the season. The picturesque Rolland Garros plays host to the French Grand Slam, and this is the only Slam which is played on a clay surface. The king of clay and last year’s winner was Spaniard, Rafael Nadal. The women's champion was Simona Halep.
Nadal has won the French Open ten times, an achievement that has or never will be equalled, last year he beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the final. Halep won her title at the expense of American Sloane Stephens.
Wimbledon (1st-14th July)
The biggest and best Grand Slam of the year takes place in mid-summer at London's Wimbledon. The grass tournament is the most spectacular of the year, and the history that comes with it reflects with the importance that the players rank it.
Last year’s extravaganza was won by Djokovic, who won his 13th Grand Slam title. He overcame the underdog of competition in Kevin Anderson. The South African shocked the tennis world in reaching the final was just a step too far as he lost in straight sets. The Ladies title went to Angelique Kerber who beat the returning Serena Williams in the final.
US Open (26th August- 8th September)
The final Grand Slam of the year comes from New York City and the US Open. The Grand Slam played on a hard court at Flushing Meadows is the most lucrative of the season, and all players will be looking for the millions of dollars that come with winning the title.
It was Djokovic again who reigned supreme in the States, as he claimed his third US Open title, as he beat Argentinean Juan Martin Del Potro. The women's final was an emotional affair as Serena Williams was hoping for a historical win but ultimately made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after shouting at the officials. The eventual winner was Naomi Osaka, who became the first Japanese winner of a Grand Slam, but the actions of Williams overshadowed what should have been a monumental achievement.
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