These are some of the questions that were posed to several tennis players interviewed by the official channel of the ATP Tour, who were asked for their personal predictions for the new year. Specifically, the participants were Tommy Paul, Hubert Hurkacz, Matteo Berrettini, David Goffin and Frances Tiafoe.
Everyone agreed in predicting a slam victory for a tennis player other than the Big Three (except at Roland Garros, a tournament which, according to them, will still be Rafa Nadal's land of conquest), while only David Goffin wanted, with an enigmatic joke, rattle off his own prediction that would make this season unforgettable.
"What if 2021 was Federer's retirement year?" the Belgian declared with a mischievous smile. Everyone is wondering when and how Roger Federer will end his glorious career. The Swiss Maestro will not be among the protagonists of the Australian Open 2021, to better recover from the two knee surgeries of last season.
Meanwhile, chaos is happening in Australia. As the recent events in Melbourne show, during the first months of this season nothing will be taken for granted, the uncertainties will be everyday life, the Pandemic will be an enemy to live with and the organizational difficulties will continue to weigh on the shoulders of the players and professionals.
However, with the continuation of the months the situation should first stabilize and then fortunately normalize, leaving to the doubts off the field only and only those inside the field, that is the competitive ones, which make tennis exciting, sometimes unpredictable and always spectacular.
Yes, because 2021 will not only be the year of the rebirth of tennis as we like it, but it will in all likelihood represent a first break with the past in terms of results. The young rampants have now established themselves, maturing personality, quality and an awareness that could launch them towards the conquest of the big tournaments, a goal that still today represents a chimera for many of them.
Yet the next generation's assault on the throne is not the only big question that will keep us company in these months. One, perhaps more interesting and stimulating, concerns Roger Federer, the timeless champion who is about to return to the court with a very clear objective, namely to try to amaze once again.
The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. The new season has yet to begin but there is already a desire to put a disastrous 2020 behind us from all points of view and start the new year with the first Grand Slam of the year in the hope that the pandemic can slowly regress and bring back the planet to live seriously and also allow the world of sport to perform in front of the general crowd.