The 2019 tennis season is almost over. We know who shined, who retired, and who would like to forget this season. Fortunately, when something ends, something starts. And so comes the time to try some magic and predict what will the 2020 tennis season bring. Enjoy our bold tennis predictions 2020.
Look back at 2019
As always, we start with a look back to the year 2019. How good were our bold predictions 2019? Frankly, the one-word answer will be “not great, not terrible”. But I believe that a lot of people would call them “poor”.
What did we guess correctly? Two Grand Slam Winners.
We expected Novak Djokovic to be the star of the 2019 season. And he was a star. Novak won two Grand Slams (Australian Open and Wimbledon), both of them we predicted. Unfortunately, he did not win the US Open, as we also expected. We also hoped he would win at least 5 ATP tournaments in 2019, and he won precisely 5 of them (Australian Open, Madrid, Wimbledon, Tokyo, Paris). Yes, we celebrate this pick the most.
At what were we close? Three Grand Slam Winners
Three Grand Slam picks were close. Karolina Pliskova lost in Melbourne in semifinals, Dominic Thiem lost in Paris final with Nadal, and Serena Williams lost in final of US Open. These three picks were not far away from reality. Though, only wins count.
What did we miss totally? Three Grand Slam Winners and One Farewell
The rest of our picks were wrong. We did not get any Ladies Singles winner right (though two of them were really close). However, that is not a big surprise, with so many ladies being able to win any WTA tournament. We were also wrong with our call for Federer retirement. This guy is still overcoming our expectations. Wimbledon final and ATP Finals match against Djokovic will be remembered forever. Though, it will not stop us in predicting his farewell again.
Bold Tennis Predictions 2020
We will do our best to be more right in our 2020 tennis predictions than we were a year ago. However, it still needs some magic. There are even more and more players able to compete for trophies at big tournaments. And it is not just about WTA. Also, in ATP, we see a lot of new names and faces with ambitions and qualities to fulfill those ambitions.
Grand Slam Winners 2020 Predictions
We know we will disappoint you. And many of you will call these tennis predictions boring instead of bold. But we believe in them and still see the gap between the old grand trio (Rafa, Roger, Novak) and the rest of the players.
Australian Open 2020 Predictions
First Grand Slam of the season is played in Melbourne, starting a week later (01/20/2020) than usual. All players (older ones included) are rested and full of desire to win something. There will be one major topic discussed regarding men singles. No, the “NextGen” thing is forgotten. Thiem is over 25, and Zverev did not fulfill expectations last season. Now everybody will talk about Daniil Medvedev. Is he the one who can break into the “three men” zone? Can he beat Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer? Our answer is clear. His time will come, but not in February 2020. Novak Djokovic will be again the winner of the Australian Open. Barring an unexpected injury, he will be prepared to beat anyone. Ladies singles are always tough to predict. Osaka, Andreescu, Barty, Pliskova, Halep, Kvitova, or Serena? And you can name another five to ten players who are not chanceless to win any given Grand Slam. We expect that home court will make Barty the most prominent contender, but fan support and pressure can be tricky. So let us repeat last year’s predictions. Karolina Pliskova is our pick. She made significant progress last year with Conchita Martinez in coach position. Pliskova finished second in WTA ranking but was far from being satisfied. Coach change surprised many, but we believe she did it with a purpose. And that will lead to at least one Grand Slam win in 2020.
|Australian Open 2020||Men Singles Winner||Ladies Singles Winner|
|TennisProGuru Predictions||Djokovic||Pliskova Karolina|
French Open 2020 Predictions
Rafa Nadal or Dominic Thiem? They are the best clay tennis players of the past and present season. It is not hard to pick finalists, but it is hard to pick an outright winner. We like to be bold and rely on Nadal aging and diminishing health. We are not far from the finish of his era. Dominic Thiem was in Roland Garros final two times in a row, and we fully expect he is close to winning it. This year or never. Ashleigh Barty, the last year French Open winner, was a real surprise for all including herself. History will not repeat. Simone Halep is a solid clay player with a lot to prove. We did not hesitate much to pick her as the French Open 2020 winner.
|French Open 2020||Men Singles Winner||Ladies Singles Winner|
Wimbledon 2020 Predictions
The grass is so specific surface for players and fans. You need a lot of experience to make a good result at any grass tournament. Therefore we look for usual suspects in Wimbledon. Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, and maybe Murray or Kevin Anderson. We want to be bold, but instead, we pick Djokovic again. We know it is boring to repeat last season predictions, but we do not see a better candidate for Wimbledon trophy. Sorry for that, Novak Djokovic will retain the title. We like to predict Wimbledon Ladies Singles because we like Petra Kvitova. Wimbledon is her favorite tournament and just the injury can break her (and our) dreams to win it for the third time. Petra, good luck to you in London.
|Wimbledon 2020||Men Singles Winner||Ladies Singles Winner|
US Open 2020 Predictions
Last Grand Slam of the season is hard to guess as it is too far away from now. But we try to do our best. The old grand trio will be too tired after the long season (with Olympics in August), and we see a youth can have a chance. And who can we pick from the so-called “NextGen”? Yes, you are right. Daniil Medvedev will win US Open 2020. US Open Ladies singles tournament is usually very rewarding to young emerging stars. The last three winners were Stephens, Osaka, and Andreescu. Though we still believe in Serena’s potential. She will not be younger next September, and two weeks long tournament is not ideal for her. That is the reason we will pick another rising star. Sofia Kenin will live her greatest moment of career yet.
|US Open 2020||Men Singles Winner||Ladies Singles Winner|
Other remarkable (and bold) tennis predictions 2020
This section could be renamed to “when does Roger Federer finish his career?”. Yes, we are here again to call 2020 the last season in Federer’s career. He is one year older, he has problems to win bigger tournaments (just one ATP 1000 last year win out of three his tournament wins), and he wants to be more with his family. Yes, we are calling it. Roger Federer will say good-bye to the tennis world in 2020.
Olympic tournament predictions
Upcoming season 2020 will be special thanks to Olympic Games that take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24 till August 9. The tennis tournament will be played from Saturday, 25th July till Sunday, 2nd August.
It is unknown yet who exactly will be playing, as the nomination depends on ITF and participation in Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches in past seasons. That would rule out Roger Federer barring any exemptions. The main favorites are usual suspects as Djokovic and Nadal among men and all top 30 WTA players among ladies. I want to highlight two names with extra motivation in Japan. Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka will be frontrunners in front of home fans. However, to make winners pick, I would go with Novak Djokovic (winner of ATP Tokyo tournament in 2019) and Naomi Osaka.
|Olympic Games 2020||Men Singles Winner||Ladies Singles Winner|
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