From January 20th to February 2nd, the world’s top tennis stars will compete in the opening Grand Slam of 2020: the Australian Open. One of the most beloved tournaments in the professional field, tennis fans are already making predictions and following their favorite stars to see who will ultimately emerge victorious. A highly anticipated comeback will come from none other than the renowned Andy Murray, former world No. 1, who will appear after 18 months of chronic hip pain and multiple surgeries. Fans are ecstatic to see how he will fare in men’s singles after matches in mixed doubles with Serena Williams earlier this year.
As for the champion of men’s singles, Novak Djokovic, the world No. 2, is expected to win the title. He has always performed well on the Melbourne hard courts. French Open and clay court king Rafael Nadal is predicted to come in second with Roger Federer, an all time tennis favorite, at third. Alexander Zverev, one of the younger stars, is 4th in line to win, but his chances seem much slimmer as he has not fared well in many Grand Slams. Daniil Medvedev, who has demonstrated a calm power on the court, is also a large contender for the trophy.
For women’s singles, Serena Williams seems to be the best competitor so far. Her biggest challenge to winning 24th Singles Slam will likely be the task of overcoming unforced errors and bringing out her best game to each and every match, as she has been in multiple Grand Slam Finals in 2019 without winning the title. Another close contender for the trophy is 22-year-old Naomi Osaka. At No. 3 in the world, Osaka has a great chance at snagging a third Slam. She has played Williams multiple teams and won against her in the 2018 US Open Finals, winning her first Grand Slam. Behind Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, who beat Williams in the 2019 US Open, also is looking for a shot at the title. Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, and Sloane Stephens are players that could also take home a title in February.
By Jessica Jiang