10 Feb 21, Sofia
The roots of the championship, hosted some of the greatest players and most epic matches in tennis history, are dating back to 1905. Originally played on grass, in 1988 the tournament relocated to Melbourne Park, switching to hard courts.
Despite ongoing global challenges, organizers have worked tirelessly to ensure this year’s event still goes ahead. Australian Open will have a different atmosphere this year not only because of the pandemic satiation. For the first time since 2000 we will not be able to see the beautiful play of Rolex Testimonee Roger Federer.
He has delighted the crowds at Melbourne Park with six Australian Open crowns to his name. For more than two decades, his grace and elegance, on and off the court, combining skill and technical precision with a steely determination and unfailing sportsmanship have captivated audiences worldwide. The first player to win 20 men’s singles Grand Slam® titles, he has set the benchmark for future generations with his enduring excellence and unfailing sportsmanship.
However, we will have the chance to see other esteemed Rolex Testimonees return to continue forging their own legacies in Melbourne. Among them is Grigor Dimitrov, whose play we will be following closely.
As the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open offers competitors the opportunity to make a successful start to their season. To do so, players must produce unwavering accuracy and consistent performance in even the most high-pressure situations. Two Rolex Testimonees, both of whom enjoyed stellar campaigns in 2020, are once again set to compete for the top prizes in Melbourne. Dominic Thiem is one of the most feared players on the tour. Last year the World No. 3 began his season as an Australian Open finalist, narrowly missing out on the title in five sets.
In the ladies group Iga Swiatek, who enjoyed her most successful year as a professional in 2020 in Melbourn and at Roland-Garros, will be an interesting player.
Among the most distinguished names is also Garbiñe Muguruza. She showed she is still a force in women’s tennis by making it to the 2020 Australian Open final. It was further reward in a fabulous career shaped by her parents’ decision to uproot the family from Venezuela to Spain when she was five years old to advance her tennis development. Their sacrifice has paid off handsomely with Grand Slam® singles titles at Roland-Garros in 2016 and at The Championships, Wimbledon, the following year when Muguruza also claimed the World No. 1 ranking.
We will certainly follow the game of Grigor Dimitrov, who started with a convincing win in his first match. We hope he will keep calm and confident in his game against his competitors.
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