With the fine spectacle of Roger Federer playing Rafael Nadal earlier in this month in Cape Town, to benefit the children of Africa, we can now look forward to action packed Tennis calendar that shows no sign of letting up. With one completed month into the year, we’ve already had the phenomenally successful ATP Doubles Cup, which saw World Number One Novak Djokovic lead his Serbian team to victory. No to mention the 5 set classic win over Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the scorching heat of Melbourne, where Djokovic claimed his record breaking 8th Australian Open title.
That being said, it’s not like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Djokovic are showing any sign of slowing down anytime soon. These tennis stars are indeed displaying some of the best form of their careers on the wrong side of 32! And the world is getting ready for a very interesting year of tennis. Notwithstanding the big events of the year like the French Open, Wimbledon or the upcoming Olympics, this month we are looking forward to several important matches in both the ATP and WTA Tournaments as well.
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Who are the Tennis Players to Watch in 2020?
On the men’s side, it surely cannot be too long before the likes of Dominic Thiem, Stefano Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev, move to the top step of the Grand Slam podium. One has to wonder whether one of these 3 young men will move to glory on the clay of Roland Garos, the green grass of Wimbledon, or the hard courts of the US. We predict tough competition for the top men in tennis against the likes of 23-year-old Russian, Daniil Medvedev. At 6-feet-6, Medvedev sports some of the most impressive tennis scores of 2019, currently ranking number 5 in the world.
Women’s Tennis is on Fire this Year
World tennis matches on the women’s side, however, is where the true fascination lies. Sofia Kenin stormed to her first Australian Open, dispatching world number one and local fan favourite, Ashleigh Barty on the way to victory in Melbourne. We predict this young star will only go from strength to strength in Paris (mention match please). Additionally, the 16-year-old Coco Goff, is set to stardom with a current ranking of 51. But, is she ready to play amongst the true giants in the top tennis world matches just yet?
Correspondingly, Tunisian surprise, Ons Jabeur, became the first Arab woman ever to make a Grand Slam quarter-final in Melbourne and has to be one to watch for the rest of 2020. With a face that reminds us quite a bit of a young Arancha Sanchez, one can only hope that she goes on to emulate the Spanish legend. Estonian sensation, 24-year-old Anett Kontaveit on the other hand, quietly marched up the rankings to number 14. All eyes will be on her as she aims to make the full transition from ITF to WTA tours. Lastly, we do not wish to neglect the old favorites too much. Sofia Kenin and Serena Williams have both won singles, leading over Latvia in the Fed Cup qualifiers earlier this month as well.
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The Best of the Best and the Tokyo Olympics
With so many rising stars, it is truly difficult to say who will be the best of the best. Two things we do know for sure. 2020 is going to be a truly fascinating year for tennis, and almost anything can happen. One should also not forget that this is an Olympic year and Tokyo will once again bring out a whole host of national pride as both gentlemen and ladies strive to place that elusive gold medal around their necks. From a punters’ perspective, the odds are set to be in your favor. Why not place a bet online with Afribet, the most fun sport betting Nigeria has to offer! With so much uncertainty about who will take the major titles, the opportunity exists to make some really decent money if you do your research and take a chance. You never know, you can stand a chance to win big with Afribet, Africa’s best bet!
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