The Month Ahead in Tennis – December 2021

Looking back, it’s been an incredible year of tennis, and there is still plenty left to play this December.

After the coronavirus pandemic heavily disrupted the 2020 season, 2021 brought some normality back to the tennis circuit.

The Wimbledon Championships returned following their hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with many other tournaments that were cancelled the season prior.

And we got to see plenty of excellent tennis, too, including the rise of 18-year-old superstar Emma Radacanu who became the first British woman to win a singles grand slam since Virginia Wade in 1977 after her triumph at the US Open in September.

She was accompanied this year by two other first-time grand slam winners Daniil Medvedev and Barbora Krejčíková, who also claimed gold in the Ladies doubles tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic continued to break records and tied level with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win his 20th major championship.

While the curtains are slowly starting to draw on what’s been an epic season of tennis, there is still plenty to look forward to in December before we travel Down Under for the Australian summer swing.

Upcoming WTA Tour Events

While the ATP Tour has wrapped up its events for the 2021 season, there is still a lot of tennis left to be played on the WTA Tour.

All-important ranking points are still up for grabs as the tour heads to Angers in France this week for the ATP125 Open Angers Arena Loire.

This is the first time the event has been held in Angers and will feature some big names from the WTA circuit, including Ana Bogdan, Shuai Zhang, and Kristina Mladenovic.

The tournament is set to finish on December 12, and the tour will then head just four hours south for the Open BLS De Limoges on December 13.

Ekaterina Alexandrova is the current champion at Limoges, having won its two previous installments in 2018 and 2019. She will return to the tournament next week to defend her title.

The Open De Limoges will finish on December 19, and the tour will then head to Korea for the Hana Bank Open on December 20, which was originally postponed from September to Christmas.

Exhibition Events

December will also see the return of Jamie Murray’s Battle Of The Brits event, which was first held during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

After the first event was held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, this year’s tournament will travel to Aberdeen for a two-day tournament starting on December 21.

The event will showcase the best in British tennis with both Jamie and Andy Murray set to showcase their skills alongside a list of big British names including Dan Evans, Joe Salisbury, and Cameron Norrie.

All eyes will then look towards the 2022 season as we gear up for the ATP Cup starting January 1 and the Australian Open, which follows on January 17.