Scenes From the 2021 Australian Open – The Atlantic

The 109th edition of the Australian Open tennis tournament is currently underway in Melbourne—despite a five-day COVID-19 lockdown put in place by the state government. Players from all over the world have been competing in empty arenas in the heat of the Australian summer. This week, matches are progressing into the semifinals, with the final day of the tournament coming on February 21. Collected here are some colorful glimpses of the 2021 Australian Open.
Austria’s Dominic Thiem serves to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov during their fourth-round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, on February 14, 2021.
A view inside of Rod Laver Arena during the third-round match between Anett Kontaveit of Estonia and Shelby Rogers of the United States at the Australian Open in Melbourne on February 13, 2021
Serena Williams, photographed during her second-round match against Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic, on February 10, 2021
Simona Halep of Romania plays a backhand in her Women’s Singles quarterfinals match against Serena Williams at Melbourne Park on February 16, 2021.
Aurelie Tourte, the chair umpire, is seen during the Men’s Singles quarterfinals match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Alexander Zverev of Germany on February 16, 2021.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal, photographed in action during his fourth-round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini
A butterfly lands on Japan’s Naomi Osaka as she plays against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur during their Women’s Singles match on Day 5 of the Australian Open.
Naomi Osaka reacts during her quarterfinals match against Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh on February 16, 2021.
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett, of Great Britain, celebrate winning the championship point in their Men’s Wheelchair Doubles Final against Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, of France, during Day 9 of the 2021 Australian Open.
Serena Williams serves in her Women’s Singles first-round match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during Day 1 of the 2021 Australian Open.
Serena Williams wears a necklace that reads “Queen” during her quarterfinals match against Romania’s Simona Halep on February 16, 2021.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a return against Canada’s Milos Raonic during their Men’s Singles match on Day 7.
Photographers follow the action during the quarterfinals match between Naomi Osaka and Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh on February 16, 2021.
Sweden’s Mikael Ymer hits a backhand to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas during their third-round match on February 13, 2021.
Danielle Collins of the U.S. celebrates after winning a point in her Women’s Singles first-round match against Ana Bogdan of Romania during day two.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev arrives on court before his fourth-round match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic on February 14, 2021.
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece serves in his Men’s Singles second-round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia, during day four of the 2021 Australian Open.
A view of the third-round match between Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, on February 13, 2021.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his third-round match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. on February 13, 2021.
Dylan Alcott of Australia serves in his Wheelchair Quad Singles semifinals match against Niels Vink of the Netherlands during day eight.
A view of the fourth-round match between Jessica Pegula of the U.S. and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, seen on February 15, 2021
Kids cool off during Day 2 of the Australian Open on February 9, 2021.
Romania’s Sorana Cirstea reacts during her third-round match against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic on February 12, 2021.
Austria’s Dominic Thiem, photographed in action during his fourth-round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov on February 14, 2021.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic signs an autograph after winning against Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their Men’s Singles quarterfinals match on day nine, February 16, 2021.
Karen Khachanov of Russia reacts in his Men’s Singles third-round match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy during day six.
Supporters of Serena Williams, including her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, (bottom center) and her husband Alexis Ohanian (left) react during her quarterfinals match against Romania’s Simona Halep on February 16, 2021.
Serena Williams and Simona Halep touch rackets after their Women’s Singles quarterfinals match on Day 9 of the Australian Open on February 16, 2021.
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