Taking place four months later than usual due to the coronavirus, the early summer warmth normally associated with the tournament has been replaced by a bone-chilling 10 degrees.
The first round exit at French Open marked Venus Williams' third first round defeat in a row at a Slam after exiting the US Open and Australian Open at the same stage.
Italian Open 2020: Nadal makes winning return after over six-month layoff; Azarenka beats Venus in first round
Defending champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic made winning returns at the Italian Open on Wednesday with the top two men's seeds easing into the third round of the clay-court tournament in Rome.
US Open 2020: Venus Williams suffers first-ever opening round exit in New York, Kim Clijsters' comeback foiled
Venus Williams was beaten in the first round for the first time in her glittering career by Karolina Muchova.
US Open 2020: Andy Murray secures win after thrilling fightback; Serena Williams, Dominic Thiem progress to second round
Andy Murray fought back from two sets down to win a five-set thriller against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka, in his first singles Grand Slam match in 18 months because of injury and the coronavirus pandemic.
Top Seed Open: Serena Williams rallies past Venus to reach quarter-final; Jil Teichmann eliminates Yulia Putintseva
Serena improved to 100-110 after losing the first set, the best of any active WTA players. In the Williams sisters rivalry, the first-set winner has taken 26 of 31 meetings.
Top Seed Open: 'So special. Here we go again' 31st Serena-Venus Williams match heralds return of tennis to the US
Serena Williams leads the rivalry with older sibling Venus 7-2 at Grand Slams, and 18-12 overall.
Serena Williams' first round victory played out to an empty arena. This week's tournament - the first WTA event in the US since the COVID-19 pandemic - is taking place without spectators.
Top Seed Open is the WTA Tour’s first US competition since tennis came to a halt in March due to COVID-19 pandemic.
WTA Top Seed Open: Serena Williams fit and ready to play after 6-month coronavirus pandemic enforced break
WTA's first event in the US since March features a spectator-free field that includes Serena, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff.
The event’s organisers said last week Serena would return to the court for the first time since the novel coronavirus shutdown when she competes at the tournament, which begins on 10 August
Williams will be a member of the Washington Kastles, one of nine teams that will gather at a resort in West Virginia for a three-week season starting 12 July.
This break is a necessary evil. My body needed it, even though I didn't want it, Serena tells sister Venus Williams
Serena and Venus Williams — owners of a combined 30 Grand Slam titles in singles and an additional 14 in doubles as a pair — shared their thoughts and more after doing yoga together during an online session
Venus Williams, Nick Kyrgios applaud Algerian tennis player Ines Ibbou's open letter to Dominic Thiem
In the video, which runs over nine minutes and was posted on Ibbou’s Instagram page, the world number 620 starts with “Dear Dominic” and goes on to talk about the difficulties she has had to endure and the sacrifices she needed to make in her career.
Facebook Gaming to host virtual tennis tournament with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber
Serena Williams will compete with model Gigi Hadid, and Maria Sharapova with American model Karlie Kloss.
Osaka said, 'Like most athletes that had been training I was disappointed at first but when you realise the postponement is for the better of the entire world you know the game can wait, we will come together in 2021 and be ready.'
'I was just lost': American tennis player Coco Gauff reveals struggle with depression due to mounting pressure
American tennis player Coco Gauff has revealed about her struggle with depression brought on by the mounting pressure and hype during her rapid rise to prominence in the sporting world.
Keeping emotions in check: Knowing how to channel aggression on court is what separates the good from the best
Some players have become just as famous for their outbursts on court as they have for their game, perhaps none more so than John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.
Australian Open 2020: Garbine Muguruza's coach Conchita Martinez says Spaniard needs to be in command against Sofia Kenin
Muguruza has been in three previous Grand Slam finals, winning two of them at Roland Garros (2016) and Wimbledon (2017), while the 21-year-old American will make her debut in a major final when they clash on Saturday.
Australian Open 2020: 'I left everything out all on the court, so it paid off', says Sofia Kenin after booking spot in final
While Barty came into the match holding the head-head-advantage, Kenin was not short on confidence having tied the Australian for hard-court wins (38) in 2019 when she won all three of her singles titles to reach a career-high world ranking of 12th.