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Making History: Australian Open

By Kayla Valenzuela

The Australian Open is one of the four major tennis tournaments across the globe. The others include the French Open which is played on clay, the Championships at Wimbledon which is played on grass outdoors and the US Open which is played on concrete.

However, the Australian Open is played on courts made of a manufactured surface called Rebound Ace. Underneath the surface is a synthetic rubber base which is mounted on concrete or asphalt, however what the players stand on is made of acrylic paint.

The top 5 players in the world for men’s singles are:

1. Novak Djokovic – Serbia

2. Rafael Nadal – Spain

3. Roger Federer – Switzerland

4. Dominic Thiem – Austria

5. Daniil Medvedev – Russia

The top 5 players in the world for women’s singles:

1. Ashleigh Barty – Australia

2. Simona Halep – Romania

3. Karolina Pliskova – Czech Republic

4. Elina Svitolina – Ukraine

5. Belinda Bencic – Switzerland

The Grand Slam Champions:

Novak Djokovic – Men’s

In the semi-finals Federer and Djokovic were competing for a place in the finals, however Federer unfortunately didn’t make it. Therefore, the finals included the top players: Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem. Djokovic became the champion of the Grand Slam, 2020 Australian Open with a score of 6-4-2-6-6.

Sofia Kenin – Women’s

In the semi-finals, Ash Barty was representing Australia, who I’m sure we were all rooting for, but unfortunately Sofia Kenin moved forward to the finals and went on to compete against Spanish tennis player Garbiñe Muguruza. Kenin, then went on to become the champion of the Grand Slam tournament, 2020 Australia Open, with a score of 7-6 (6), 7-5.


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