2020 was a difficult year for all sectors of life, including sports. Many tournaments were put on hold; some were canceled, while others were postponed. Furthermore, the budgets for sporting events were significantly reduced. But the situation is changing for the better. The restrictions imposed due to the pandemic are gradually becoming less significant or less strict. Tennis also gets back to life. Tournaments are resumed bringing back the excitement and online betting. New trends are observed, strong players appear, championships are gaining momentum. Unsurprisingly, 2021 is rich in exciting events.
Wimbledon is the most anticipated event of the summer of 2021. It will start on June 28th. This year the prize pool of the tournament will exceed $49 million. At the same time, as always, the amounts are the same for male and female athletes. The names of the winners will be announced on July 12th. Wimbledon is one of the major events of the Grand Slam tournaments. Other major tennis events also include:
- the French Open – was held in May 2021;
- the Australian Open – was held in January 2021;
- the US Open – scheduled for late August-early September 2021.
It is worth reminding that last year Wimbledon (a tournament expected by thousands of fans around the world) was canceled due to the pandemic. Other competitions, for example, the French Open, could be held later (in the fall), but Wimbledon had to be canceled. It was not possible to hold it in the fall due to UK weather conditions. The tournament is called “grassy” for a reason.
This year, Wimbledon promises to be especially exciting. The Olympics will begin very soon; so many athletes are getting for the event and are saving energy. For a number of reasons, we may not be able to see some of the titled stars. For example, the famous Naomi Osaka will miss the tournament. According to the athlete herself, she wants to devote more time to preparing for the Olympic Games and relaxing with her family. Also, Rafael Nadal, known as the No.3 in the world, refused to participate. According to the athlete, he needs to restore his physical shape. By the way, he also refused to participate in the Olympics. Dominic Thiem, on the other hand, preferred to take part in Wimbledon, but he said that he would miss the Olympic Games because he did not feel ready to take part in them.
Simona Halep is one of the stars expected at the tournament. This year, she will have to prove again that she is worthy of the victory achieved back in 2019.
The tournament series continued
There is a certain “pattern” that all tennis players are used to. The plan will remain unchanged this year. As you know, all Grand Slam tournaments are indirectly related. The next stage begins immediately after Wimbledon. It can be called the final stage. We are referring to the US Open.
This period is always the most anticipated. Usually, tennis players have time to regain their shape with the help of previous games, and they show their best in America.
However, when it comes to 2021, the situation remains unpredictable, because it is too early to talk about the end of the pandemic. It is quite possible that at the end of the summer tournaments may again be canceled or postponed.
If the situation remains unchanged, a series of other competitions will begin after the tournament in the United States. For women, the WTA 1000 will be held in China. The main cities are Wuhan and Beijing. Also, women can take part in the Kremlin Cup. For male athletes, ATF Finals remains the most anticipated event. In 2021, the Championship will be held in Turin for the first time, which makes it even more significant. Previously, this competition was held in London. Another upcoming event is the Davis Cup Expanded Final. For the first time in its history, this tournament was held in this format two years ago, in 2019. That’s how the event becomes even more exciting. Last time, the Italians managed to win the championship. Nobody knows what will happen this year. Online indicators can be monitored from anywhere in the world.
The Olympic Games
This is probably one of the most exciting events for people around the world. At the same time, they are watched not only by avid sports fans but also by those who remain aloof in other cases. This tournament brings together the best tennis players from all over the world. The preparation for it lasts four years.
The Tokyo Olympics were expected to take place back in 2020. Unfortunately, this sporting event has been postponed due to the pandemic. The new dates for the event are set at the end of July 2021. The Olympics will end on August 9, 2021. So far, the entire world community is almost sure that the Games will finally take place.
Of course, tennis will be played at the Olympics, just as in other years. This season the tournament promises to be very interesting. As of today, several players from the world top 20 have refused to participate in the Olympics, including:
- Cristian Garín;
- Gaël Monfils;
- Dominic Thiem;
- Denis Shapovalov;
- Rafael Nadal;
- Roberto Bautista Agut;
- Casper Ruud.
At the same time, the reasons behind refusing to compete are different. Among the most common is insufficient fitness level. It remains a puzzle why tennis players actually ignore the Olympics.
One of the most anticipated stars of the championship is Sania Mirza. She is considered one of the best and most awarded tennis players in India. Two years ago, she had to suspend her sports career due to her son’s birth. Now she is going to the Games. Before Tokyo, she will participate in several more tournaments. Previously, Sania managed to become a six-time winner of the Grand Slam. The athlete plans to bring her son along to the competition. Here is an interesting fact: the Minister of Sports of India personally helped her to go to Wimbledon with her child. Due to the coronavirus, it turned out to be a problem to issue a permit for Sania’s son, but thanks to the high rank of the athlete, all issues were resolved in her favor. Therefore, it is most likely that she will also go to Tokyo with him.
Another of the iconic tennis players of the Olympics is Kiki Bertens. Previously, she was considered the No.4 in the world, but over time, her position has weakened. This year, the athlete participates in the competition for the last time. She announced this before the start of the season. Among the most significant tournaments in which she can be seen are Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. The athlete says that she will perhaps retire end immediately after the Olympic Games. There is a possibility that she will play until the end of the season.
In general, when it comes to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, there are a lot of controversial points around this championship. Facts of corruption in the International Federation have been recorded, and athletes have been massively suspended for doping. Therefore, all that is left to do is to imagine how this championship may actually be held.
In general, we can say that this season will be very eventful for tennis fans. Some trends can already be seen and bettors can start making their predictions. Online betting will make your time watching sports even more exciting.