Its the end of the first major grand slam of the regular tennis season for both ATP and WTA tours. They call it the “Happy” grand slam in the “Happy” country. Visit YouTube and refer to an official film that is titled…”Fourteen days. The official AO19 film. Australian Open 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwLYrQ7uAVE
The production does an excellent summary of the major points of consideration, the demanding schedule with the Summer weather and Evening Entertainment at Rod Laver Arena. The Andy Murray tribute was well documented, and fans will remember this timeline of extraordinary memories. Andy is undisputedly one of the best sportsmen to come out of Britain let alone tennis superstar.
Mary Pierce had an insert with the production, and I cannot forget the success she had back in 1995. The tennis world definitely embraces the experiences from the past, and thats why I still give this sport attention since the prestige and excellence is their for both men and women, as the sport introduces new competitors that will give the outgoing legends mutual respect as there could be a bunch of retirements in the next few seasons.
Road to the final, Stefanos Tsitsipas, gave Roger Federer a R16 exit, he has been one of the most improved ATP players year to date, just watching the spreads in majors, he will continue to be difficult especially for when SW19 comes around. Karolina Pliskova sent Serena Williams home in the Last 8.
Rafael Nadal managed a runner-up finish to a highly decorated Novak Djokovic, who looks healthy and well, but Nadal and the ability to keep competitive is inspirational. Naomi Osaka has won Majors back-to-back. Petra Kvitova and her last two seasons of unfortunate obstacles, making a comeback similar to Monica Seles, but the number of wins for Petra with her new strength and conditioning regime, in the last six months illustrates her determination for grand slam silverware.
Noami Osaka deserves the final thought in this summary, it’s hard to believe that so young can be so mature. The nerves and anxiety are all there, but the win at 2018 US Open has opened a whole new realm of confidence for the Japanese prodigy who modeled her game after her iconic hero Serena, having based herself in the States, and being surrounded by an international team of professionals, there could be more grand slams to come, especially with Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Madison Keys struggling with form.