In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many tennis fans were left disappointed last year following the cancellation of events left, right and centre to help minimise the spread of the virus.
Fortunately, however, thanks to the rise of vaccinations over recent months, those same events are unlikely to be cancelled this year, meaning that many people can start getting excited about seeing their favourite tennis players in action once more.
And just in case you’d forgotten about which events and things you can look forward to over the coming months, we thought we’d compile a brief list to remind you.
Join us as we run through some of the best events in the tennis calendar to look forward to watching – or even potentially attending – later this year.
Wimbledon. 28/06/21 – 11/07/2021.
We start with the British classic, Wimbledon.
One of the landmark events of the sporting calendar generally – let alone the tennis calendar – the return of Wimbledon is sure to be a welcome relief to fans the world over.
And even if the competition has to go ahead without fans in actual attendance this year, it’ll still be a lot better than last year’s competition which didn’t happen at all – the first time in its history.
In what could be one of Andy Murray’s last grand slams, this year’s competition currently looks set to take place between Monday 28th June and Sunday 11th July with tickets (hopefully!) going on general release sometime in June.
Tokyo Olympics. 23/07/2021 – 08/08/2021.
In a similar way to Wimbledon, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, as it stands, the competition looks set to go ahead later this year between Friday 23rd July and Sunday 8th August, meaning tennis fans can get excited about seeing their favourite players in action.
Although international travel currently remains uncertain, and fans from the UK may be unable to attend the event in Japan themselves, watching from the big screen at home in the UK or at the pub could offer an equally great alternative atmosphere.
After all, the event is likely to be the last Olympics for well-known players like Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who will each be bidding to finish their careers with a gold medal around their neck.
Nitto ATP Finals. 14/11/2021 – 21/11/2021.
Again, while this competition will largely depend on the successful rollout of the vaccination program and the continued decline of COVID-19 cases, the Nitto ATP Finals are currently planned to go ahead later this year.
Taking place at the Pala Alpitour arena in Turin, this men’s tennis competition represents the season-ending event for the highest-ranked singles players and doubles teams on the 2021 ATP tour.
In other words, it’s sure to have some big-hitters playing, with previous winners including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and – most recently – Daniil Medvedev.
The event also did go ahead last year which bodes well that it will avoid being cancelled this year.
Plus, even if fans are unable to attend, the competition promises to be a great way to celebrate the culmination of the other events in the tennis calendar, providing fans with a final sense of relief for having tennis back in their lives.
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