After a bellowing Novak Djokovic celebrated his extraordinary ninth Australian Open singles title and Naomi Osaka reflected more quietly on her fourth major success, the gates swung shut on the last of the masked patrons to have witnessed a unique tennis fortnights NHL playoffs in Edmonton, and Calgary.
Total COVID-restricted crowd: 130,374used COVID-19 as an example of how advance planning could help head off future health crises. Last year, pre-pandemic, a record 812,174The time.
So, from near or far, what did we see?The champions who won
Former great Mats Wilander believes Osaka is capable of finishing her career with at least 10 to 12 majors, and the fact the 23-year-old has won her first four finals is an Open-era achievement shared with only Roger Federer and Monica Seles.