The 2021 tennis season has started as the 2021 Australian Open is underway. The Australian Open was one Grand Slam tournament that wasn’t impacted by COVID-19 in 2020, but that certainly isn’t the case this time around. The tournament was initially slated to begin on Jan. 18 and run until the 31st, but officials decided to postponed it three weeks as a result.
As for the action, the star-studded field is headed by the world’s top player Novak Djokovic, who is looking to win his third consecutive Australian Open title. Djokovic also has a men’s record eight Australian Open victories to his credit.
In addition, Rafael Nadal also has a chance to make some history of his own. Nadal is currently tied with Roger Federer for the most men’s Grand Slam singles title and can set the record with a win down under. Nadal has one Australian Open title under his belt despite reaching the finals on five different occasions. Federer, on the other hand, is missing the Australian Open as he recovers from a serious knee injury. The Swiss star plans to return in March at the Qatar Open.
On the women’s side of the bracket, defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin is ranked No. 4. Kenin’s victory over Garbiñe Muguruza in last year’s Australian Open finals was the first Grand Slam win of her career.
Ashleigh Barty is the top-ranked player in the women’s singles bracket and will be looking to avenge her semifinal loss at the hands of Kenin. While WTA tournaments resumed in August, Barty decided to take the rest of the year off in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schedule and results
Monday, Feb. 8
No. 11 Denis Shapovalov beat Jannik Sinner (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4)No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)No. 20 Felix Auger Aliassime beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (6-2, 6-4, 6-2)No. 23 Dusan Lajovic beat Sergiy Stakhovsky (5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4)No. 8 Diego Schwartzman beat Elias Ymer (7-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2)No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov beat Marin Cilic (6-4, 6-2, 7-6)No. 15 Pablo Carreno Busta beat Kei Nishikori (7-5, 7-6, 6-2)No. 29 Ugo Humbert beat Yasutaka Uchiyama (6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 7-3)No. 26 Hubert Hurkacz vs. Mikael Ymer, 7 p.m.No. 22 Borna Ćorić vs. Guido Pella, 7 p.m.No. 7 Andrey Rublev vs. Yannick Hanfmann, 8 p.m.Radu Albot vs. No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut, 8 p.m.No. 28 Filip Krajinović vs. Robin Haase, 8:15 p.m.No. 13 David Goffin vs. Alexei Popyrin, 8:15 p.m.Vasek Pospisil vs. No. 4 Daniil Medvedev, 9:30 p.m.No. 31 Lorenzo Sonego vs. Sam Querrey, 9:30 p.m.No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. Lasio Dere, 9:30 p.m.No. 19 Karen Khachanov vs. Aleksandar A. Vukic, 9:30 p.m.No. 16 Fabio Fognini vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 10:15 p.m.No. 30 Dan Evans vs. Cameron Norrie, 11:30 p.m.No. 24 Casper Ruud vs. Jordan Thompson, 11:30 p.m.
No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka beat Viktoria Kužmová (6-0, 6-4)No. 17 Elena Rybakina beat Vera Zvonareva (4-6, 6-4, 6-4)No. 2 Simona Halep beat Lizette Cabrera (6-2, 6-1)No. 9 Petra Kvitová beat Greet Minnen (6-4, 6-4)Anastasia Potapova beat No. 24 Alison Riske (6-2, 6-1)No. 8 Bianca Andreescu beat Mihaela Buzărnescu (6-2, 4-6, 6-3)No. 18 Elise Mertens vs. Leylah Annie Fernandez, 7 p.m.No. 31 Zhang Shuai vs. Ann Li, 7 p.m.No. 14 Garbine Muguruza vs. Margarita Gasparyan, 7 p.m.No. 4 Sofia Kenin vs. Maddison Inglis, 7 p.m.No. 11 Belinda Bencic vs. Lauren Davis, 7 p.m.No. 5 Elina Svitolina vs. Marie Bouzková, 8:15 p.m.No. 12 Victoria Azarenka vs. Jessica Pegula, 8:15 p.m.No. 28 Donna Vekić vs. Wang Yafan, 9 p.m.No. 29 Ekaterina Alexandrova vs. Martina Trevisan, 9 p.m.No. 20 Maria Sakkari vs. Kristina Mladenovic, 9 p.m.No. 22 Jennifer Brady vs. Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, 9 p.m.No. 21 Anett Kontaveit vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 10:15 p.m.No. 6 Karolina Plíšková vs. Jasmine Paolini, 10:15 p.m.How to watch the 2021 Australian Open
Dates: February 8-21
Location: Melbourne, Australia