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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Nadal, other Djokovic a little tired of controversy

by John Py and Howard Fendrich AP Sports Writers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Rafael Nadal’s first Grand Slam match in more than seven months is on the horizon, coming back from a painful left leg problem that limited him to a tournament in the last half of last season and left him with the COVID-19 pandemic. Found -19 Dec.

Lots to talk about, isn’t it? After all, it is the owner of 20 major championships and is one of the most important figures in the history of tennis. His appearance at an Australian Open pre-tournament news conference on Saturday (Friday night PST) was new – or, rather, would have been much more on any other occasion.

Ah, yes, the run-up to this Australian Open has been, and looks like it will continue, Novak Djokovic and his hopes of defending the title in the vaccination-required competition, while not being vaccinated against the coronavirus Is. So Nadal’s words and body language spoke for many in the tennis world as he shrugged his shoulders, exhaled and spoke about his longtime opponent’s wish-he-play-or-not-he saga. : “Honestly, I’m a little tired of the situation.”

Nadal said, ‘Australian Open is more important than any player. “If he’s playing, in the end, fine. If he’s not playing, the Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him. That’s my point of view.”

Unlike Djokovic, Nadal has got his shots. As in there are a total of 97 out of the top 100 players in the ATP rankings and 96 out of the top 100 in the WTA rankings.

“All of this could have been avoided, as we all have done, by getting vaccinated, doing everything we had to do to get to Australia,” said Garbine Muguruza, two-time majors champion. Spain has been seeded number 3 in the women’s section. “Everyone knew the rules very clearly. You just have to follow them and that’s it. I don’t think it’s that difficult.”

For now, top-seeded Djokovic is scheduled to play on Monday, the first day of the year’s first major tournament, where both he and Nadal can break the men’s career record to claim the 21st Grand Slam trophy. They currently share that with Roger Federer.

Before that, though, Djokovic – and, it seems, everyone with any sort of interest in tennis or the latest developments related to the pandemic – will wait to see what happens in a court hearing on Sunday (Saturday PST). what happens. Appeal for the second revocation of his visa by the Australian Government.

He could be deported.

“I won’t lie: It has been on pretty much every news outlet over the past few weeks. It has attracted a lot of attention. A lot of people are obviously talking about it,” said Stephanos Tsitsipas, 23, from Greece. , who is No. 4 at Melbourne Park and was Djokovic’s runner-up at last year’s French Open. “That’s why I’m here to talk about tennis. … not enough tennis has been talked about in the past few weeks, which is a shame. ,

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Typically, the Australian Open – known as the “Happy Slam” – serves as a celebration of a new tennis season.

Players are getting a chance to rest, recharge and prepare during the off-season. They have a clean, or mostly clean, slate, depending on whether they have played any tune-up matches. Some show up with new wrinkles in their playing style. Some come along with a new coach, eager to see how the relationship might work out.

“It feels like it is taking away from the competitors who just want to start. We are just looking forward to go out and compete. The Australian Open is always an incredible event, my home slam, my favorite tournament,” 32-seeded Alex de Minaur, a 22-year-old Australian, said. “At the end of the day, tennis is an individual sport, and we have all been in Australia for some time, getting ready for this tournament. We all just want to move on with our stuff. ,

Areas of story and intrigue abound in Melbourne. Considering notable players including Federer, Serena Williams and Venus Williams have been absent for one reason or another, something different was bound to happen this time around.

But Nadal’s return to Slam action for the first time since his loss to Djokovic in Paris in June is a big deal.

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