The organizers of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open 2021, recently announced the participating stars. Roger Federer is holding a record 20 times the Grand Slam men’s singles championship. However, he is absent due to not recovering after 2 pillow surgery.
The 39-year-old Swiss tennis player has not played since February 2020, but recently returned to training and is expected to compete at the Grand Slam at the beginning of the kick-off year on February 8, 2021.
Thus, the consecutive record at the Australian Open of the former world No. 1 stops because he has not missed this award since he first attended in 2000 with 6 titles. With the loss of Federer, the Australian Open compensates with a special rate for another former world number 1: Andy Murray has been in the final for this tournament 5 times.
However, this is an unbalanced alternative, as Murray has declined a lot. Having won the Grand Slam three times, the British tennis player thought he had to retire after hip surgery in January 2019.
He did not play for nearly all of 2020, not because of COVID-19. However, it was mainly because of hip pain and severe loss of performance. He lost the second round of the US Open and the first round of Roland Garros. In 2021, the 33-year-old will make his debut with the special slot of the ATP 250 Delray Beach Open in January.
Tennis had to postpone the big event of 2021 due to COVID-19
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tennis tournament is often referred to as the fifth biggest tournament next year. The organizer BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells has just announced the postponement of the tournament scheduled to be held in California (USA) in March 2021 due to fears of COVID-19 infection.
The BNP Paribas Open is often referred to as tennis’ 5th largest tournament after the 4 Grand Slams. This year, the award was also canceled due to COVID-19. The organizer has said it is considering an alternative date. It will most likely host the BNP Paribas Open by the end of 2021.