In our previous recap of tour tennis news, we had some great tournaments and stories, but it doesn’t get much better than the Australian Open.
If you weren’t able to keep up with everything going on, we’ve got your back. Below are the tournament news/results, top headlines, and spotlight story!
ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: An Australian Open To Remember
It’s hard to have a Grand Slam that isn’t special. But, from historic runs, to heart-wrenching defeats, and milestone victories, this one will be hard to forget.
Australian Open – Men’s Singles
Result: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic would defeat now two-time Grand Slam finalist Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win the 2021 Australian Open.
Story: As if it ever could have been anyone else, 2021 would be yet another year that Novak Djokovic would hoist the Brookes trophy. With this victory, he would secure his 9th Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam title. But, since there are technically other competitors at the Australian Open, let’s look at how they did.
- Rafael Nadal would lose to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, denying him the chance of a record 21st Grand Slam title.
- Dominic Thiem would flame out in the 4th round following his impressive run to the finals last year.
- Daniil Medvedev would dominate the competition all tournament until getting a taste of his own medicine in the final against Djokovic.
- Qualifier Aslan Karatsev would make a historic run to the semifinals before also falling to Djokovic.
- Taylor Fritz — a young American — would test Djokovic in a five-setter in the 3rd round of the tournament.
Australian Open – Women’s Singles
Result: The third-seeded Naomi Osaka would defeat the twenty-second seeded Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to claim her 2nd Australian Open title and 4th Grand Slam title.
Story: Although Osaka would end up with the trophy, Jennifer Brady and Jessica Pegula — two young Americans — would flash extreme potential. Brady, who finished as the runner-up, is only 25-years-old, and Pegula, who defeated Azarenka and Svitolina, is only 26-years-old. With their performances in the 2021 Australian Open, Americans have a lot to be excited about.
Australian Open – Men’s Doubles
Result: In the championship, the ninth-seeded team of Filip Polasek and Ivan Dodig would defeat the fifth-seeded team of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3, 6-4 to claim the championship.
Story: In spite of some impressive play this year and a mixed doubles victory at the AO, American doubles specialist Rajeev Ram would be denied the doubles double (listen to our Rajeev Ram interview). On the other side of the net, Polasek would dedicate his victory to his newly-born baby daughter.
Australian Open – Women’s Doubles
Result: The second-seeded team of Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka would defeat the third-seeded team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-3 for their second Grand Slam championship together.
Story: Despite winning the tournament, the team of Mertens and Sabalenka would announce that they are going to take a break from competing in Grand Slams for the time being. The decision was mostly made by Sabalenka who believes she is losing energy for singles by competing in doubles.
Australian Open – Mixed Doubles
Result: In the championship, the sixth-seeded team of Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram would defeat the team of Matthew Ebden and Sam Stosur 6-1, 6-4.
Story: The champions — Krejcikova and Ram — would make another dream run at the Australian Open this year after winning the tournament together in 2019 as well. On top of that, this would be Krejcikova’s third straight mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, teaming up with Nikola Mektic last year.
Following the Australian Open, the ATP will have 3 exciting tournaments, while the WTA will play one.
As for the ATP, we will be blessed with action in Singapore, Montpellier, and Cordoba. The WTA will be in Adelaide.
If you’d like to read more about these tournaments, make sure to check out these links:
Top 10 News Stories Around the Pro Tennis Tour
- Daniil Medvedev’s backhand is one of the best on the ATP Tour and tennis analytics expert Craig O’Shannessy can prove it (Listen to our Craig O’Shannessy interview).
- The perfect coffee is a must for several players at the 2021 Australian Open.
- Tennis loved Kobe Bryant and Kobe Bryant loved tennis. It’s a pleasure to read an article honoring his contributions to the game.
- £4,500 on a facelift? That’s what Andy & Jamie Murrays’ mother spent to stop their name-calling.
- Sofia Kenin underwent surgery after experiencing severe abdominal pain. She had a successful appendectomy the same day.
- Serena got emotional at her press conference after her loss to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinals.
- Djokovic blames quarantines for the slew of player injuries since returning to play this year.
- Caroline Wozniacki is pregnant and expecting a baby girl with her husband David Lee, ex-NBA All-Star.
- Is Serena Williams > Margaret Court? If you asked Sam Stosur, the 2011 US Open Singles Champion, she thinks so.
- Aslan Karatsev is living the dream after his historic run at the 2021 Australian Open.
Spotlight Story: Dylan Alcott Wins 7th Straight Singles & 4th Straight Doubles AO Quad Championships
In an amazing effort, Dylan Alcott would defeat Sam Schroder 6-1, 6-0 to win his 7th straight men’s singles quad wheelchair Australian Open championship.
On top of this, he would team up with fellow Australian Heath Davidson to win his 4th straight men’s doubles quad wheelchair Australian Open championship.
Still, despite these huge victories, Alcott mentioned that this might be his last Australian Open. He originally planned on a possible retirement after the 2020 Paralympic Games.
But, when it was postponed, Alcott decided to compete another year with the possibility of retiring. Nevertheless, he is not ruling out competing in another Australian Open.
If you’d like to read more about Alcott’s future, make sure to check out this article by The Age.