How was the 2021 season for you as a tennis fan? What were the highs and lows for you?

How would you rank this season out of 10?


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Hitman

G.O.A.T.
As we have now pretty much come to the end of the 2021 season, as a tennis fan how did you find it? What things stood out for you? Any special or not so special moments that stick out? Finally out of 10, how do you personally rank this season.
 

alinefx

Rookie
Once you have experienced 2012, all seasons suck after that. But it was ok. Djokovic should never have gone to Tokyo. Other than that, flawless season from him. Glad NextGEN finally stepped up to grab 1/4, s!ssypants handing over FO trophy was pathetic, Wimbledon was boring, AO final too. AO QF with Nadal was amazing, I guess the other end of the pendulum swung there for T-pas. FO S/F best match of the year contender, I guess there are a few others too, but that sticks out.
 

pj80

Hall of Fame
As we have now pretty much come to the end of the 2021 season, as a tennis fan how did you find it? What things stood out for you? Any special or not so special moments that stick out? Finally out of 10, how do you personally rank this season.
it was good...didn't expect Djoker to be in a position to win the Grand Slam considering the hard competition he faced all year didn't even expect 20 (maybe 1 or 2 slams max for the year). Would have liked to have seen Roger and Rafa play full schedule
 

TripleATeam

G.O.A.T.
Low: literally being in the stands to watch Djokovic fall apart against Medvedev after an amazing semifinal. :(

High: Pretty much everything else. Med won a slam, Djoker got 3 by beating Rafa at RG, Zed wasn't bad at all. Good year.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
As we have now pretty much come to the end of the 2021 season, as a tennis fan how did you find it? What things stood out for you? Any special or not so special moments that stick out? Finally out of 10, how do you personally rank this season.
Epic season, can't really rate it out of 10 because it's so hard to compare. No shortage of high points of course, but IMO both the high and low points came at RG: the worst moment when Thiem blew his 2 set lead - and one of his best chances at RG glory - but followed by a moment that will go down in history when Djokovic avenged him instead and slew the dragon himself.
 
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NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
From a Djokovic fan standpoint...exceptional.
  1. Tied the Slam record
  2. Broke the YE #1 record
  3. Broke the weeks at #1 record
  4. Became 1st man in the OE to win the double career Slam
  5. Broke the Masters record (again)
  6. Won the channel Slam
  7. Was one match away from the CYGS
From a tennis standpoint, it was decent besides Miami, IW and Wimbledon, which was kind of blah tbh. I'm glad Djokovic won but it wasn't that exciting. RG was amazing, AO and USO were decent and same for Olympics. Paris final was good too and so was Rome. Dubai was good also.
 

ND-13

Hall of Fame
Would have been good to see history made with CYGS , punching the next gen on its face

The level of competition and level of tennis was very weak whenever Djokovic was not involved
 

Visionary

Hall of Fame
I've voted 6 out of 10 for the great efforts of Novak, Meddy, Tsitsi, Sasha and Rublev, Ruud, Norrie, Hurck, Sinner and Alcaraz. I so enjoyed their performances throughout the year. As a fan, I couldn't vote 10 for I was unable to see any matches in person. Fulfilling my employment agreement here in China, I was basically barred from going to any matches as traveling from and back to China's extremely complicating now. Moreover, the Chinese powers have not allowed the pro circuit into the country which totally put me just behind the screen of my TV. As a fan, I feel the ticket prices are way out of reach to normal people like me which is why a low for me too. The pandemic regulations have also affected my view as, forgive me, the mandates and restrictions are lacking sense to say the least. In a nutshell, I am pleased to see Novak achieving a significant milestone, the next generation tennis players showing some spark, the internet to allow me follow the pro circuit deep in every location and tournaments willingness to go on through the difficult times now.
 

Third Serve

G.O.A.T.
AO: Decent tournament but definitely worse than 2020 and a big part of it was how much of a letdown the final turned out to be
RG: Novak's run was spectacular to watch and a few other matches were fun enough
W: Probably the worst edition I've ever seen... but at least we had one, unlike in 2020
USO: The early rounds were great but there was really only one decent match from QF-on (Djokovic-Zverev)

ATP Cup: Decent
Olympics: I didn't have the chance to watch any of it except for bits of the final
ATP Finals: okay, but the 2019 and 2020 editions were way better

Indian Wells: Forgettable
Miami: Forgettable
Monte-Carlo: I was impressed by Tsitsipas here, but other than that, this tournament wasn't anything outstanding
Madrid: I enjoyed the final but I can't remember anything else about this one
Rome: Pretty good all around
Canada: Interesting for the novelty of Opelka's run to the final, but it wasn't much
Cincinnati: Plenty of fun upsets but nothing I remember
Paris: Good final

Other tournaments: Belgrade stands out the most here for the Djokovic-Karatsev match, and I think Barcelona, Dubai, and Doha also had some interesting things going on.

Pros:
- Next gen stepped it up this year compared to the previous one (although there's still some distance to go)
- Djokovic's RG run was one for the ages just for the sheer drama of it all
- Karatsev's rise in the first half of the season was quite a pleasant surprise and he produced some pretty nice displays of tennis in those few months (his demolition of Schwartzman at the AO, his Dubai run, and the aforementioned match with Djokovic at Belgrade)
- Fed came back for a few matches and it was nice to see him make it to the second week at RG and Wimbledon even in his compromised state
- We got to see some Murray action as well and he produced a few dramatic matches to boot
- Alcaraz!

Cons:
- Fed wasn't anywhere near what he used to be
- Thiem was AWOL the entire year
- Nadal was pretty much gone after the French Open
- Though the drama was there as always, the actual quality of the tennis continued the trend of not really being as impressive as in some previous years; there weren’t as many classic matches or even dominant, jaw-dropping displays of tennis
- COVID rankings screwed things up a bit even when they should have been abandoned at the start of the year
- Some of the tournaments got axed due to the ongoing pandemic; granted, it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as in 2020, but we still lost a Masters and some other events

Gonna put it at a final rating of 6.5/10 (I probably would have put 2020 at a 6/10 and 2019 at a 7/10)
 
High points were that there were tournaments at all due to *********--low points : players having to play to empty stadiums, fake cardboard cutouts or fans having to wear masks.
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
But...but..it's not over yet! Whatever.

We almost had a Grand Slam, so I can't rate this year less than a 5. It was fun watching the 2K brigade, particularly Sinner and Alcaraz, make big strides forward. Not having Federer and Nadal for most of the year was odd. The AO and USO role reversal was fascinating, but not "fun" exactly. For once, I enjoyed Miami more than IW. Best tournament was probably RG. A NextGen player finally won a Slam...

Enjoyed watching Fernandez and Raducanu race through their draws.

Probably a 7 or 8.
 

socallefty

Legend
The Slams were fun with Djokovic having many tight matches/comebacks to win 3 Slams and be on the verge of the CYGS before falling flat on his face at the last hurdle - sports is unpredictable as always and that’s why we watch. Also, the second half of the year was very promising for the NextGen as they won all the hard court titles except Paris Bercy and looks like they have a good chance to prevent the old guys (Djokovic/Nadal) from winning more hard court Slams. Stars emerged with Sinner, Alcaraz, Ruud and Hurkacz continuing to move up while Medvedev and Zverev separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

The outdoor hard court Masters 1000 tournaments were disappointing with Nadal, Thiem and Djokovic skipping almost all of them and there was very little buzz compared to the past. Also, the fact that there is no serious threat to a 34-year old Djokovic on grass makes Wimbledon and grass court tennis seem peripheral to the rest of the season.

For me, the season high was the last weekend of Roland Garros with Djokovic playing great to get past Nadal and then hanging in there using all his mental strength to let Tsitsipas know that the Big 2 are not ready to turn over the keys to the clay kingdom. The low was the US Open final with the entire tennis world primed for history to happen and then the GOAT turned out to be physically and emotionally exhausted making the match the tennis equivalent of a blowout from start to finish.

I would give the entire season a 7, higher score likely just for the Slams.
 
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RaulRamirez

Legend
I voted a "7" -- easy grader?
Some highs -- all have been mentioned already probably:
Novak's almost CYGS
3rd set of the FO semi
Big strides by Alcaraz, Sinner, Karatsev, Hubi and others
Some very consistent tennis most of the year from Med and Zed, and Tsit was great for the first half
More tournaments played and more crowds
While it wasn't the final I wished to see, tomorrow should be a very good match (I think)
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Without Federer playing well it’s been absolute garbage.
Yeah, for me the year was about a 2 on a scale of 1-10. I was interested in following Novak's quest for the CYGS and that held my interest despite not being a fan. Tennis history like that doesn't come around very often and he came so damn close. Carlos emerging as a possible future great player also is interesting. Nobody else out there is even enough to glance at. Without Roger and Rafa it's just not that riveting to me, but to each his own.
 

Rosstour

Legend
Flashes of brilliance from a few young guns (Musetti, Shapo). The future is bright, but this transition period is ugly and stifling. "Another win for Milos"
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
The Slams were fun with Djokovic having many tight matches/comebacks to win 3 Slams and be on the verge of the CYGS before falling flat on his face at the last hurdle - sports is unpredictable as always and that’s why we watch. Also, the second half of the year was very promising for the NextGen as they won all the hard court titles except Paris Bercy and looks like they have a good chance to prevent the old guys (Djokovic/Nadal) from winning more hard court Slams. Stars emerged with Sinner, Alcaraz, Ruud and Hurkacz continuing to move up while Medvedev and Zverev separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

The outdoor hard court Masters 1000 tournaments were disappointing with Nadal and Djokovic skipping all of them and there was very little buzz compared to the past. Also, the fact that there is no serious threat to a 34-year old Djokovic on grass makes Wimbledon and grass court tennis seem peripheral to the rest of the season.

For me, the season high was the last weekend of Roland Garros with Djokovic playing great to get past Nadal and then hanging in there using all his mental strength to let Tsitsipas know that the Big 2 are not ready to turn over the keys to the clay kingdom. The low was the US Open final with the entire tennis world primed for history to happen and then the GOAT turned out to be physically and emotionally exhausted making the match the tennis equivalent of a blowout from start to finish.
This is painfully true. In various threads, many people have mentioned the one-sided AO final, the loss from two sets up at RG, and the straight sets victory at the USO. No one seems to be talking about Wimbledon at all. Berrettini played better than Med in the AO final, but it wasn't very memorable in a good way or a bad way.
 

mehdimike

Professional
What was looking like being a historic year to have been lucky enough to witness ended up hugely anticlimatic. Had hoped the Goat stuff would finally be ended conclusively but the debate will go on and on now and it is harming the sport now.
obviously the absence of fit Federer Thiem Nadal Murray DelPotro and wawrinka badly hurt the year.
Their combination with the current top 10 players would be tasty!
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
As we have now pretty much come to the end of the 2021 season, as a tennis fan how did you find it? What things stood out for you? Any special or not so special moments that stick out? Finally out of 10, how do you personally rank this season.
Highs:

- Exciting mix of tennis breaking through with youngsters.
- Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernandez
- Djokovic arrival to the 20 club and his level (we won’t see for a long time)

Lows:
- Low quality breaking through in ATP - we have been blessed the last 20 years, no one seems to want to take the baton
- Too many slow courts, miss seeing faster courts and points.
- Curtains drawing in for Federer and possibly Nadal
 

thrust

Hall of Fame
Once you have experienced 2012, all seasons suck after that. But it was ok. Djokovic should never have gone to Tokyo. Other than that, flawless season from him. Glad NextGEN finally stepped up to grab 1/4, s!ssypants handing over FO trophy was pathetic, Wimbledon was boring, AO final too. AO QF with Nadal was amazing, I guess the other end of the pendulum swung there for T-pas. FO S/F best match of the year contender, I guess there are a few others too, but that sticks out.
Tokyo probably was a mistake, especially playing mixed doubles and having to play 2 matches a day till near the end. FO was probably the highlight for me, a Novak fan. Losing the Bronze Medal Match, was the low point of 2021, for me.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
As a Brit, obviously Emma Raducanu. Also pleased for Cam Norrie - I've always liked his attitude and work ethic and think he deserves to be able to call himself a Masters.
champion.

As a Fed fan, well there weren't any highlights really were there? Obviously pleased that Medvedev won US Open - and I do like Med regardless of who he beat - but calling something a "highlight" because someone lost is a bit mehh really.
 

BlueB

Legend
Hi: RG S
Low: Novak not deciding to pull out of singles bronze match and play mixed doubles instead.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
I enjoyed the 2nd half of the season a LOT and would easily give it a 9/10 but the first half was mostly forgettable so on average i would say a 7/10
 

davced1

Hall of Fame
The highs the matches I will remember Tsitsipas Nadal in Barcelona, Karatsev Djokovic semi in Belgrade and I watched Murray Sinner live in Stockholm.
Fernandez run at US Open (I didn't pay attention to Raducanu until the final), Barty winning Wimbledon.

The lows, Federer, Nadal and Thiem out for most of the season.
 
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sliceroni

Hall of Fame
Lows: Seeing Fedal succumb to father-time and injuries.
Highs: New stars stealing all the attention at the US Open was cool. Big3 finishing the year all tied at 20. It’ll prob be broken next year but I’m ok with that.
 
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