WASHINGTON, December 27, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)
Angelique Kerber became the first German Grand Slam winner since the days of Steffi Graf when she lifted the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the 2016 Australian Open. The same year, she won the US Open and in 2018 triumphed at Wimbledon.
Now 32, Kerber a native of Kiel, Germany, who resides in Puszczykowo, Poland, finds herself ranked 25th in the current world rankings as she prepares to start the 2021 season. Four years ago, she ended 2016 ranked No. 1.
By all accounts, the 2020 season was not a very memorable one for Kerber as her 7-6 win-loss record attests. She finished the year on a three-match losing streak: losing in the round of 16 at the US Open, followed by first-round exits at Rome and Roland Garros. Each loss was in straight sets. Before that, she started the year in Australia and went 4-3, which included a round of 16 finish at the Australian Open.
During a recent interview with dpa-Sport (translated from German), Kerber was asked if she could choose between winning Roland Garros or an Olympic gold medal, which would it be? “If I could choose,” she pondered, “I would definitely take the fourth Grand Slam title in Paris. To have won all four Grand Slams would of course be the icing on the cake. But no matter which of the two, I would take it (smiles). Although you have to say, Paris, Olympics, that is still so far away that nobody things about it yet. Not, it’s about how we get to Australia.
“It’s about training continuously and making steady progress without exhausting yourself completely. You have to stretch the training phase. It’s difficult and a challenge for me, too. On the other hand, you can plan the training weeks in a way that suits you best and use days to regenerate in between.”
When Kerber was asked if 2021 will be her last season, the German No. 1 didn’t want be specific just yet. “I pushed the thought away for now,” she said. “But once you’ve thought of it, you can’t delete it either. I will feel it at some point. I will make the decision all by myself. Anyone who knows me know that when I make such a decision, it has been carefully considered.”
Seit ihrem Erstrunden-Aus bei den French Open Ende September hat sich Angelique Kerber weitestgehend zurückgezogen. Nun ist Deutschlands beste Tennisspielerin gespannt auf eine neue Saison, in der noch vieles ungewiss ist https://t.co/sms0QvFlqU @dpa via @Sportde (se) pic.twitter.com/t5GL0Ox0nE
— dpa-Sport (@dpa_sport) December 23, 2020
Andy Murray receives Delray Beach wild card
After a successful 2-0 week at the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis this week, with wins over British No. 1 Dan Evans and British No. 3 Cameron Norrie – without dropping a set – World No. 122 Andy Murray has accepted a wild card to start his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open in Delray Beach, Fla. in less than two weeks.
Murray will debut on Friday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. local time (1 a.m. GMT Jan. 9).
“I am looking forward to starting the 2021 season in Delray Beach,” Murray said in a statement. “This event will be a good test for me and I’m excited to be back playing on the tour.”
Here’s a Christmas present for you 🎁
— ATP Tour (@atptour) December 25, 2020
Ons Jabeur: New ambassador for Tunisie Telecom
— Tunisie Telecom (@_TunisieTelecom) December 25, 2020
Elliot Benchitrit: Will represent Morocco in Davis Cup, Olympics
Elliot Benchetrit (22 ans, 223e mondial) annonce qu’il jouera sous les couleurs du Maroc, le pays de naissance de son père, en Coupe Davis et aux JO à partir du 1er janvier pic.twitter.com/PC98rNI6wl
— Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) December 25, 2020
Stan Wawrinka: Everyone smiles in the same language
— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) December 25, 2020
Sharing Merry Christmas wishes!
Bianca Andreescu / Happy Holidays from Dubai
Happy holidays from Dubai 💖 pic.twitter.com/8Kmd2dk5LQ
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) December 26, 2020
Borna Coric / Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas!🎄😇 pic.twitter.com/FFQKTcnQ0W
— borna coric (@borna_coric) December 25, 2020
Novak Djokovic / Merry Christmasto all celebrating
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) December 24, 2020
Julia Goerges / Merry Christmasto you all
Merry Christmas to you all, I hope you are having a wonderful time with your family and that it is filled with love
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— Jule Goerges✌️🇩🇪 (@juliagoerges) December 24, 2020
Ana Ivanovic / Loving the vibe and spirit of Christmas season
Loving the vibe and spirit of the Christmas season! 🎄 And the kids loved my healthy banana muffins 😅 X Ana pic.twitter.com/YJMy1xVPiK
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) December 25, 2020
Madison Keys / Sending you all warm wishes
Sending you all warm wishes for a safe and happy holiday 🎄 pic.twitter.com/AFYxTJ8m87
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) December 25, 2020
Conchita Martinez / ¡Felices fiestas!
🎄Pongamos todo nuestro cariño y empeño para disfrutar de esta Navidad diferente. ¡Felices fiestas! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/0enYVLwioM
— Conchita Martínez (@conchitamartinz) December 25, 2020
Gaël Monfils / Joyeux Noël à tous!
Merry Christmas to all of you ! Hope you had a good time with those you love 🙏🏾❤️
Joyeux Noël à tous ! J’espère que vous avez pu profiter de vos proches 🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/4YsgB6EDU8
— Gael Monfils (@Gael_Monfils) December 25, 2020
Garbiñe Muguruza / Merry Christmas
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) December 25, 2020
Gabriela Sabatini / Felix Navidad
— Gabriela Sabatini (@sabatinigabyok) December 25, 2020
Sloane Stephens / Was Santa Claus good to you?
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Lawn Tennis Association / We just had to …
We just had to… Merry Christmas everyone pic.twitter.com/XRmCtn0vHq
— LTA (@the_LTA) December 25, 2020