The 2020 US Open has come to a close and while there were no spectators, it didn't stop the excitement of Grand Slam tennis
The 2020 US Open was a bit different this year.
It was the first Grand Slam since the Australian Open in January after Wimbledon was cancelled due to the global pandemic while the French Open was postponed until September.
With no fans, the finals were played in an eerily quiet backdrop. Nonetheless, across the court the finals threw up some familiar champions and some new ones.
Japan's Naomi Osaka re-claimed the US Open women's singles title after defeating former world no.1 Victoria Azarenka in straight sets 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Despite trailing by a set and a break, Osaka was able to rally for her third Grand Slam singles title.
"I feel like two years ago, I maybe would have folded being down a set and a break," Osaka said after the match.
"I think definitely I'm more of a complete player now. I feel like I'm more aware of what I'm doing."
Her victory also saw the 22-year-old become the first Asian player to win three Grand Slam singles titles - breaking the tie she held with People's Republic of China star LI Na.
The men's singles capped an ending to proceedings at the US Open this morning (JST) with Austrian Dominic Thiem coming from two sets down to defeat Alex Zverev (2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6) in a 5-set match.
Thiem's efforts in what was his fourth major final meant he he became the first player in a the Open era to win from two sets in a US Open final.
"It was tough to stay there and to still believe, but I did," the 27-year-old said in his post-match press conference. "It's a Slam final...the belief was always there."
However, while the men's singles produced a new Grand Slam winner, it also saw 11 players under the age of 22 making the third round - the most at a major since Wimbledon 2005 (13).
In one of the first finals of the US Open, the unseeded pairing of Croatia's Mate Pavic and Brazilian Bruno Soares captured the men's doubles title. The duo defeated no.8 seeds Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Nicola Mektic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3.
For Soares, it was his second US Open men's doubles title.
“It feels amazing,” Soares said after the match. “A Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. That's why we play. We had a little bit of a rough beginning of the year tennis-wise, some injuries, some tough losses, and then the crazy world."
There was also history made during the match. It was the first time two Croatians - Pavic and Mektic - contested a Grand Slam final in men's doubles.
“It’s a nice story for the Croatian fans,” Pavic noted.
In their first ever tournament together, Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva defeated no.3 seeds Nicole Melichar and XU Yifan in straight sets (6-4 6-4).
It was a special moment for 36-year-old Zvonareva, who had won the women's doubles title at the major in 2006. Between then and now, the Russian Federation player has had shoulder surgery and took a hiatus to give birth to her daughter.
Wheelchair women’s singles
Rio 2016 silver medallist Diede De Groot has put the rest of her fellow competitors on notice with less than a year to Tokyo 2020.
The No.1 seed captured her third consecutive singles title defeating KAMIJI Yui of Japan 6-3, 6-3.
“Having a tournament this big [amid] the situation right now is really important for us tennis players, and the way [the USTA] managed it was great,” De Groot said after the win.
“I hope to be back next year with a full crowd!”
Wheelchair men’s singles
Osaka wasn't the only Japanese player to re-claim their US Open title.
KUNIEDA Shingo, who is the world no.1, defeated two-time defending champion Alfie Hewett is a thrilling three hour match.
After losing the three previous meetings to the Briton at the Open, the 36-year-old lifted his seventh US Open title and first singles title in New York since 2015.
"It was a very tough match. He [Hewett] had a lot of chances to win this time, but I took control mentally from the beginning to the end. This was the key to the match I think."
The title was Kunieda's 24th Grand Slam overall. He had spoken to Tokyo 2020, prior to the postponement, about his Paralympic gold medal desires.
Men's wheelchair doubles
Ahead of his singles final, Hewett paired up with fellow Brit Gordon Ried to capture their fourth consecutive men’s doubles title at the US Open.
In the first-ever wheelchair championship contested on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the British duo defeated Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-4, 6-1.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Reid said after the match. “It’s been over six months since we last had an opportunity to compete."
Women's wheelchair doubles
It was celebrations for Great Britain's Jordanne Whiley and Japan's Yui Kamiji as they beat De Groot and Marjolein (6-3, 6-3) to win their second US Open title.
Whiley and Kamiji's victory meant that De Groot was also denied a clean sweep after winning the single's on Saturday.
Wheelchair Quad singles
It was a debut to remember for Dutchman Sam Schroder.
The wildcard recipent won his first Grand Slam title in style, beating world No.1, Paralympic champion and top seed Dylan Alcott, 7-6, 0-6, 6-4.
"I want to thank the USTA... for granting me a wild card for my first-ever Grand Slam," Schroder said after the match. "It's been an amazing experience for me."
Wheelchair Quad doubles
However, Alcott wasn't leaving the US empty handed. Earlier in the tournament, he teamed up with Great Britain's Andy Lapthorne to defend their double crown.
The duo beat American David Wagner and Schroder 3-6, 6-4, [10-8].
The French Open will be the next Grand Slam held between 21 September - 11 October 2020.