“2020 is the Year to Forget”: Rafael Nadal and Other Tennis Players Send New Year Wishes

Published 01/01/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


The year 2020 was rough for a majority of the people, due to the pandemic. Most of us have our fingers crossed for what 2021 has in store for us. As the year 2020 came to an end, many players from the tennis universe poured in their wishes. Rafael Nadal, Karen Khachnanov, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, and Grigor Dimitrov were a few amongst them. 

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The majority of players had similar wishes in the hope of a better year than the previous one. 2020 made people realize the smallest and simplest of things matter the most, and the value of spending quality time with family and loved ones cannot be compromised. 

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Rafael Nadal hopes the situation will improve in 2021

The Spaniard was the one to lead the players in wishing and stated, “Hello everyone, I hope you’ll are doing well. I wish you all the best for 2021. The situation is really tough today and 2020 is a year to forget without a doubt.”

“Hopefully, with the vaccine, the situation will improve dramatically. I wish u all the very best and see u soon in 2021.” 

Two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova is looking forward to brushing aside the ills of 2020 and remains optimistic for the new year.

Kvitova said, “A year of many ups and downs, but hopefully we all enter 2021 having learned some important lessons and ready to put them into action!

Three-time Grand Slam winner, German Angelique Kerber said, “In a year that has tested the courage of us all, I would like to thank you for your support.”

The Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov stated, “I want to thank everyone for the support during this challenging year. I am excited to put 2020 in the past and start afresh chapter.”

Big-hitting Russian, Karen Khachanov wrote a grateful message that stated, “It was a difficult year, but we went through. I wish everyone to stay healthy. That’s the most important right now. Let’s hope that 2021 will be much better!”

The two-time Australian Open champion, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka said, “I want to wish everyone lots of good health, and the rest is up to us to make it the best year possible!!!”

2016 WTA Finals winner Dominika Cibulkova was happy with the birth of her child earlier in June, and wrote, 2020 changed our lives, but YOU changed us forever.”

Top players will be in action in Melbourne next month

As we’ve entered 2021, the first Major of the year, the Australian Open will begin on February 8th. However, the qualifying rounds will run from the 10th of January till the 13th of January.

The women’s qualifying round will take place in Dubai, whereas the men’s event will be held in Doha. The Middle East has been successful in carrying out sporting events in the recent past.  

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The effects of the pandemic are still seen around the world and the arrival of the new strain has sent the world into further panic. One cannot wait for this issue to be settled once and for all.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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