The 2020 season was not what anybody had anticipated, but players figured out how to have all kinds of fun nonetheless. Baseline is counting down the Top 10 viral moments of 2020.
In the throws of the pandemic, a different kind of tragedy polarized the United States. George Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis, and he was far from the first, or last, causality of police brutality.
The tennis world responded with support to the Black Lives Matter movement with a video, led by Frances Tiafoe and Ayan Broomfield
“Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter” Martin Luther King Jr. Thank you to everyone that joined us in this, it starts with each and every one of us. • • @serenawilliams @iamgaelmonfils @katadams68 @malwashington @kgmontjane1 @zackeveee @k1ng_2._0 @heatherwatson92 @jarmere @naomiosaka @sloanestephens @tennisdarian @eastpoint_jenkins @tsongaofficiel @asia.muhammad @coacho.g @r_bizzeee @donaldyoungjr @mcneil8970 @coreygauff @haileybaptiste @ymerjr @philsbrainparade @thechandarubin @michaelmmoh @sachiavick @kamaumurray @cocogauff @garrisonzina #tennisforequality #lovewins #itisbiggerthantennis • • Song: Glory (@johnlegend @common) Thank you for creating such an impactful piece of art. Special thank you to Brian Tsao (@the_general_tsao ) for helping with edits. • • @wta @atp @espn @usta @itf__tennis @shaunking @bleacherreport @theshaderoom @octagon
"I hope everyone is doing well through this crazy time," Tiafoe said in the video. "Ayan Broomfield [Tiafoe's girlfriend and 2019 NCAA national champion] and I felt the need to reach out and express our feelings for what is and what has been going on here in America."
Billie Jean King shared her support of Tiafoe's message, which quickly made the rounds on social media:
A powerful message to listen to tonight. https://t.co/nhqhgeBCku— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 1, 2020
Serena Williams, Gael Monfils, Coco Gauff, Heather Watson, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and many more pros also put their hands up in the video, and helped spread the message throughout the tennis world and beyond.