When COVID-19 first hit the world, professional sporting events came to a halt. While many leagues are playing once again, most, if not all, are playing to fan-less stadiums, fields, and arenas. But that’s not to say that fans aren’t cheering them on. On the contrary! Professional sports teams have given fans a lot to cheer for! Check out some of the highlights below!
NHL – Hockey
The finals pitted the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Dallas Stars, with both teams hoping to bring their second championship title and the Stanley Cup back to their hometowns. While no fans were cheering on their teams from the stands, they were rooting for them at home. In the end, the Lightning won four out of the six games played and ultimately took home a second championship title back home to Tampa Bay.
French Open – Tennis
Professional tennis players wasted no time in getting back into the swing of things at the French Open. Number one-ranked Novak Djokovic played against number two-ranked Rafael Nadal in an exciting three-set match. In the end, Nadal beat Djokovic to win the title. On the women’s side, seventeenth-ranked nineteen-year-old Iga Świątek beat fourth-ranked Sofia Kenin to become the first Polish woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.
WNBA – Women’s Basketball
This year, the women of the Seattle Storm took the Las Vegas Aces by storm and won the WNBA finals with a three-game sweep. Since the team was founded in 2000, they have won four championships, tying with the Minnesota Lynx and the Houston Comets for the most championships ever won.
NBA – Men’s Basketball
It took six games, but the Los Angeles Lakers did it again. After winning four games to two against the Miami Heat, the Lakers took home the NBA Championship trophy for the seventeenth time. Yes, the franchise has given their fans a lot to celebrate, and often! In fact, with this year’s win, the Lakers tie with the Boston Celtics for winning the most championships in NBA history. What’s more is that star forward Lebron James won his first title with the Lakers since being signed by the team in 2018.