Hundreds of sporting events disappeared around the world during 2020 in the midst of a raging Covid-19 pandemic.
Murray wore a coronavirus-conscious mask on his way to the unusual, no-spectators setting and avoided handshakes when he left. In between, the three-time Grand Slam champion offered his usual mix of hustling and muttering.
The 33-year-old Serbian has won five of the past seven men's singles Slam crowns but came to the US hardcourts only after assurances from European officials that players returning from the US would not face a long quarantine before upcoming events.
The former Australian, Wimbledon and US singles titleholder, was part of the golden era of Australian men's tennis in the 1950s, winning four major singles titles and four in doubles.
After emergency talks between the various stakeholders over the last few days, the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced that it was impossible for the grass court Grand Slam to take place.
With London in its first week of lockdown over coronavirus outbreak, All England Lawn Tennis Club officials are weighing up their limited options.
The 32-year-old Briton missed the Australian Open due to a pelvic injury sustained at the Davis Cup Finals in November and then pulled out of tournaments at Montpellier and Rotterdam.
Ivanisevic, a serve-and-volley specialist from Croatia, won the 2001 title at the All England Club as a wild-card entry while Martinez, a baseliner from Spain, was the 1994 champion at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal urged organisers of the ATP Cup and Davis Cup Finals to consider a possible merger, saying it makes little sense to have two men’s team competitions on the tennis calendar.
Williams will face Canadian Bianca Andreescu for the US Open title as the American sets herself up for another attempt to clinch a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Never before has a final in London lasted so long - it went into the twelfth game of the fifth set and then into the tiebreak.
Simona Halep won the Wimbledon final after two sets (6:2, 6:2) against Serena Williams. It is her second Grand Slam victory and the first in Wimbledon.
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