The pandemic changed many things in the tennis world. A long stoppage was not the best plan for older players and the lack of rhythm complicated the plans of the younger ones. This is seen most clearly in the list of champions of the Masters 1000 tournaments.
While is true that The Big 3’s dominance in Grand Slam tournaments continues with small windows for the Next Gen, the last year was the most visible of the last in terms of changes of photos glass in hand.
Since 2010 there have been few seasons in which more than five players celebrated in this kind of tournaments, a figure that has already been reached in 2021 with the five tournaments played.
The passage of time is inexorable and the circuit is more open than ever in recent seasons. Hubert Hurkacz. Stefanos Tsitsipas. Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev already made the headlines this year with their respective Masters 1000 triumphs. and the gates of glory are already knocking, players like Matteo Berrettini or Andrey Rublev who are still being denied.
This is the list in the last decade:
2010: 6 champions
2011: 4 champions
2012: 3 winners
2013: 3 winners
2014: 5 champions
2015: 3 winners
2016: 4 champions
2017: 5 champions
2018: 6 winners
2019: 6 winners
2020: Particular season due to the pandemic
2021: 5 champions in 5 tournaments played