by Isaiah Buse

February 22, 2021   

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!

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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.
Novak Djokovic - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Champion
Novak Djokovic holding the Brookes trophy for a 9th time. (Photo Credit: NY Post)

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.

Naomi Osaka - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Champion
Naomi Osaka hoisting her trophy from the 2021 Australian Open. (Photo Credit: Today)

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.

Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova - 2021 Australian Open Mixed Doubles Champions
Ram and Krejcikova celebrating their mixed doubles title at the 2021 Australian Open. (Photo Credit: 24 News)

Upcoming Tournaments

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

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.

Isaiah Buse

About the author

Isaiah Buse is a tennis enthusiast who currently plays at the NAIA level in Missouri. He has covered the top tennis stories and tournaments for over 2 years now and has enjoyed every second of it. In addition to writing, he enjoys teaching the younger generation of tennis players.

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