In our last edition of tennis news, we talked about several exciting tour tournaments. This time we get to look at a rare tournament, the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics.
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 from the last few weeks!
ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics
Alexander Zverev would shine at the Olympics, the 2021 Citi Open would feature some top-notch tennis, and much more.
2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics (Olympic Men’s Tennis Event)
Singles: (Germany) Alexander Zverev defeated (Russia) Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match to win the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal.
Story: All of the talk coming into the Olympics surrounded Novak Djokovic’s chance to win and put himself one step closer to a Golden Slam. But, destiny wouldn’t be on his side as Zverev would knock him out in the semifinals, and (Spain) Pablo Carreno Busta would stop him from getting even a bronze medal. It was certainly a disappointing tournament for many, but for Zverev and Khachanov it will forever be an unforgettable experience.
- Read more about Zverev’s 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics victory here.
- Watch Highlights: Alexander Zverev storms to historic gold medal in men’s singles | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports
Doubles: (Croatia) Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic defeated (Croatia) Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 to win the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal.
2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics (Olympic Women’s Tennis Event)
Singles: (Switzerland) Belinda Bencic defeated (Czech Republic) Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to win the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal.
Story: After Australia’s Ash Barty was eliminated from the draw early, there wasn’t a clear favorite to win the women’s singles tournament. But, Bencic would step up to the plate and deliver a victory for her country of Switzerland in Roger Federer’s absence. Vondrousova, the runner-up, is also certainly pleased with her silver medal finish.
- Read more about Bencic’s 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics victory here.
- Watch Highlights: Belinda Bencic caps remarkable run with three-set battle for gold | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports
Doubles: (Czech Republic) Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated (Switzerland) Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 6-1 to win the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal.
Citi Open (ATP 500)
Singles: (5) Jannik Sinner defeated Mackenzie McDonald 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 to win the 2021 Citi Open Singles Championship.
Story: The sky is truly the limit for the young Jannik Sinner. He continues to put on impressive showings at tournaments, and the Citi Open will likely prove to be a breakthrough point in his career. If you weren’t already, you should keep an eye on him heading into the 2021 US Open.
- Read more about Sinner’s 2021 Citi Open victory here.
- Watch Highlights: Final Sinner Defeated McDonald 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 Match Highlights
Doubles: (4) Ben McLachlan and Raven Klaasen defeated (2) Michael Venus and Neal Skupski 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to win the doubles title.
Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic (WTA 500)
Singles: (7) Danielle Collins defeated (4) Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-7 (10-12), 6-1 to win the singles title.
Story: She may not be the best player on the tour right now, but over the past couple of weeks she is certainly the hottest. Danielle Collins is not someone a top player wants to see on their side of the draw heading into a tournament. I wouldn’t consider her a favorite to win the US Open, but she certainly won’t go out without a bang.
- Read more about Collins’ 2021 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic victory here.
- Watch Highlights: Daria Kasatkina vs. Danielle Collins | 2021 San Jose Final | WTA Match Highlights
Doubles: (2) Andreja Klepac and Darija Jurak defeated (1) Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani 6-1, 7-5 in doubles.
- Atlanta Open (ATP 250)
- (6) John Isner defeated Brandon Nakashima 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 in singles.
- Jannik Sinner and Reilly Opelka defeated Jordan Thompson and Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 10-3 in doubles.
- Generali Open (ATP 250)
- (1) Casper Ruud defeated defeated Pedro Martinez 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in singles.
- Lucas Miedler and Alexander Erler defeated (3) Roman Jebavy and Matwe Middelkoop 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in doubles.
- Belgrade Ladies Open (WTA 125)
- Anna Karolina Schmeidlova defeated (2) Arantxa Rus 6-3, 6-3 in singles.
- (2) Olga Govortsova and Lidziya Marozava defeated Alena Fomina and Ekaterina Yashina 6-2, 6-2 in doubles.
- LTP Women’s Open (WTA 125)
- (4) Varvara Lepchenko defeated Jamie Loeb 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4 in singles.
- Liang En-shuo and Rebecca Marino defeated (1) Erin Routliffe and Aldila Sutjiadi 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 in doubles.
- Winners Open (WTA 250)
- (2) Andrea Petkovic defeated Mayar Sherif 6-1, 6-1 in singles.
- Natela Dzalamidze and Kaja Juvan defeated Katarzyna Piter and Mayar Sherif 6-3, 6-4 in doubles.
- Thoreau Tennis Open (WTA 125)
- Magdalena Frech defeated Renata Zarazua 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in singles.
- Jessy Rompies and Peangtarn Plipuech defeated Cristina Bucsa and Usue Maitane Arconada 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8 in doubles.
Following the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics, both tours will play some of the biggest tournaments of the year in preparation for the 2021 US Open.
Here is a list of the upcoming pro tennis tournaments. If you’d like to read more about these tournaments, click on the links below.
- Canadian Open (ATP 1000)
- Western & Southern Open (ATP 1000)
- Canadian Open (WTA 1000)
- Chicago Open (WTA 125)
- Western & Southern Open (WTA 1000)
Top 10 News Stories Around the Pro Tennis Tour
Here are our top 10 biggest stories from around the tennis world over the past two weeks.
- Heat was definitely an issue at the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics, and tennis players weren’t afraid to speak out.
- A lot of people doubt Dominic Thiem’s ability to defend his US Open Title, here’s why.
- Losses at the Olympics cut deeper, just ask Andy Murray how he felt after his exit at the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics.
- A journalist accused Daniil Medvedev of cheating, and Medvedev didn’t take kindly to the accusation.
- After his crushing Olympic defeat, many wonder if Novak Djokovic can complete the calendar slam.
- If you don’t know him yet, you must be living under a rock, here’s everything to know about Casper Ruud.
- Andy Murray has accepted a wildcard invitation to the Cincinatti Open, and he wants a third title at the tournament.
- Roger Federer has more bad news, and tennis fans continue to be disappointed.
- Serena Williams recently launched a new fashion line, and it’s a must-see.
- The ATP’s normal rankings system is about to return, here’s everything you need to know.
Spotlight Story: Pablo Carreno Busta Wins Olympic Bronze
In easily the best year of his career so far, Pablo Carreno Busta would defeat Novak Djokovic at the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics to bring home an Olympic Bronze Medal.
Since the pandemic hiatus, Carreno Busta has made it to the US Open semifinals, French Open quarterfinals, and the top 10 in rankings among other things.
Certainly, his new Olympic bling ranks very high among these achievements, and it’ll be a moment he’ll never forget.
As we get closer to the 2021 US Open, Pablo Carreno Busta is an underdog that more people should be paying attention to.
Read more on Tennis.com.