Live Tennis In 2020
Follow all the action from the ATP and WTA Tours, Grand Slams, Davis, Fed and Laver Cups throughout the 2020 season with livetennis.com.
With generations battling for supremacy on the men’s side and wide-open fields generating blazing new stars on the women’s, the 2020 season in top-level professional tennis promises to be unmissable.
The ageless Roger Federer faces the prospect of his all-time Grand Slam record of 20 titles being matched or even overhauled by his great rival Rafael Nadal, while Novak Djokovic continues to close the gap on the pair and solidify his bid to be known as the GOAT – the Greatest of All Time.
Meanwhile, the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro continue to battle to throw off the shackles of injury and come back to the top – but they all, from the Big Three on down, face stern competition from a rising tide of younger stars who aren’t willing to wait for their turn, from two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem to US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev and ATP Finals champions Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Among the WTA, Serena Williams continues to reign supreme as the holder of a remarkable 23 major titles but has yet to lift a trophy as a mother – will 2020 be her year? With near-contemporaries like sister Venus, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Svetlana Kuznetsova still in the mix, it won’t be easy, and Romania’s two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has every intention of getting back to the top – and they all have to reckon with some dazzling young stars lighting up the tennis world, led by world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty, Australian and US Open champion Naomi Osaka and Canada’s Bianca Andreescu.
The battles – for prize money, ranking points, glory and history – will be fought throughout an 11-month season stretching from January-November, made even more action-packed in 2020 by the Tokyo Olympics where most of the top stars are determined to go for gold.
It all begins in Australia, where the new ATP Cup rings in the New Year as it is played in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth, with Adelaide and Hobart also hosting tournaments in a packed fortnight which sees other events being played in Auckland, Shenzhen and Qatar as players hurry to fine-tune their games ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year – the Australian Open, known as the ‘Happy Slam’, which commands the world’s attention from Melbourne Park from 20 January to 2 February in 2020.
February sees the first Fed Cup action of 2020 on 8-9 February as 16 nations do battle for eight places at the inaugural Fed Cup Finals in April. Meanwhile, clay lovers head to South America for the Golden Swing stops in Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, and the ATP and WTA play prestigious events on indoor hard courts in St Petersburg, Rotterdam and Marseille, and on outdoor hard courts in Doha and Dubai.
After warm-up tournaments in Acapulco and Monterrey in late February and the first round of Davis Cup qualifying on 6-8 March, it’s time for all the top players to gather in one place for the first time since the Australian Open – and that place is Indian Wells, California, where the first Masters 1000 Series event of the year (which is also the first WTA Premier Mandatory event of the year) takes place from 11-22 March 2020 with Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu returning to defend their titles. Then it’s on to Miami for the second leg of the Sunshine Double, with defending champions Roger Federer and Ashleigh Barty heading the field from 24 March-5 April.
April means one thing: The start of the clay season. The ATP head back to Europe for the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the Barcelona Open and more events in Munich, Budapest and Estoril, while the WTA play the Premier-level Volvo Car Open on the unique green clay of Charleston, South Carolina before the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, one of the most popular events of the season. There’s also the new-look week-long Fed Cup Finals, as 12 nations face off in round-robin battle in Budapest, Hungary, to become the Fed Cup champions.
May brings the three flagship events of the clay-court season: The Mutua Madrid Open on 2-10 May, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia played at the iconic Foro Italico in Rome from 10-17 May, and the second Grand Slam of the year, the elegant, classic French Open, live from Roland Garros in Paris from 25 May-7 June 2020.
After clay, as everybody knows, comes grass and the traditional delights of the season are given a new twist with a revamped schedule in 2020. The popular and prestigious tournaments in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart, Nottingham, Birmingham, Halle, Eastbourne and at Queen’s Club in London remain in place, but the ATP replace the WTA in Mallorca while the women debut a new Grass Court Championships in Berlin. It all leads up to one thing, though – Wimbledon, also known simply as The Championships, the most iconic tennis tournament in the world. Played as always at the All England Club in west London, Wimbledon 2020 will see Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic defending their titles at the head of a packed field from 29 June-12 July.
Both the ATP and WTA Tour make a brief return to clay for a fortnight after Wimbledon, while many of the top stars catch their breath ahead of the next big event – and in 2020, that’s the Tokyo Olympics, where the tennis event will be played from 25 July-2 August. Those who remember Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 will know that the players hold absolutely nothing back when it comes to winning a medal for their country. At Rio in 2016, it was Andy Murray and Monica Puig above all others who triumphed, winning singles gold for Great Britain and Puerto Rico – who will it be in Tokyo in 2020?
Once the Olympics is over, the familiar rhythms of the North American hard-court swing reassert themselves with tournaments in Atlanta, San Jose and Washington, D.C. leading up to the combined Masters 1000/WTA Premier-5 events of the Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto from 9-16 August and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati from 17-23 August. Then comes the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year: The US Open, live from Flushing Meadows, New York from 31 August-13 September 2020. Will Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu be able to defend the titles they won in such stunning style in 2019?
The majors might be done for another year after the US Open – but the season is far from over. The WTA Tour begin their Asian swing, starting in Zhengzhou and moving on to Tokyo, Wuhan and finally Beijing for the last Premier Mandatory of the year, with smaller events also taking place in Hiroshima, Nanchang, Guangzhou, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tianjin. Meanwhile, after a brief sojourn on European hard courts and the Laver Cup exhibition, held this year in Boston, the ATP too head to Asia for Chengdu, Zhuhai, Beijing, Tokyo and the penultimate Masters 1000 Series of the year, the Shanghai Rolex Masters, live from 11-18 October.
As the final WTA players race to qualify for the season-ending championships at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, before the elite eight battle it out at the WTA Finals Shenzhen for a record $14 million in prize money, the ATP turn their attention to European indoor hard courts and the 500 events in Basel and Vienna before the final Masters of the year takes place in Paris from 2-8 November.
Then there are just three events remaining – the Next Gen ATP Finals, featuring the leading lights of the younger generation, live in Milan from 10-15 November; the Nitto ATP Finals, the elite eight-man season-ending championships, played in London for the last time from 15-22 November; and the week-long Davis Cup Finals, as 18 teams battle for the biggest international prize in the sport from 23-29 November.
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