It was two weeks full of highs and lows. Unexpected players triumphed, a legend was lost and smiles cracked open during the intense Grand Slam pressure. These are the Top 10 moments from the first major of 2020.
Hours after the news of Kobe Bryant's death broke, Nick Kyrgios walked into a packed Rod Laver arena with tears in his eyes and the basketball legend's jersey on his back. The five-time NBA champion had such a profound impact on many of his fans around the globe that extended far past the basketball court.
During Week 1, rain poured down over the courts in Melbourne. Amid devastating fires that continue to burn in Australia, the heavy downpours might not have been great for tennis but they certainly were for Australia.
Naomi Osaka has been very vocal about her admiration for 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. During the Rally for Relief exhibition match, the Japanese was caught catching up with her idol. Later on, Osaka posted a cute photo and referenced Serena as her mom.
Twitter went into a frenzy after qualifier Elliot Benchetrit requested that a ball girl peel his banana for him. The 21-year-old Frenchman would claim the match against Dmitry Popko to advance into the main draw.
Novak Djokovic lost his cool when he was given two time violations within one game for taking too long to serve. Before sitting down for a changeover during the final match, the Serb tapped umpire Damien Dumusois's shoes, and now the world No. 1 could potentially face a hefty fine for that.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? After receiving a time violation, Kyrgios decided to mock Rafael Nadal's serving routing after a time-violation warning.
Kyrgios and Simon give their best Nadal impersonations when given their respective time violations. ????— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 23, 2020
They seem pretty spot on!
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Following her second-round win over Tamara Zidansek, Serena was not just asked questions concerning the match, but her recent dance routine.
Osaka's serve is just too hard! The major champion broke the net and apologized for it.
On his way to claiming a straight-set victory over Argentina's Federico Delbonis, Nadal cracked a forehand that ended up hitting a ball girl in the head. He later stated it was one of the scariest moments of his career.
Last but certainly not least, Fabio Fognini's shorts didn't want to cooperate with him. However, the Italian went on to win the first-round clash against Reilly Opelka.