Hours after Australian Open director Craig Tiley publicly announced that tennis players wanting to play the first Grand Slam of the season must be vaccinated against covid-19, reactions were quick. The tennis players who recently participated in the ATP Finals in Turin also expressed their opinion on the subject, above all Novak Djokovic, now known for his ideas against the vaccine.
The Serbian tennis player gave a very enigmatic answer on whether or not he intends to be in Australia: “We'll see. We will have to wait and see." Medvedev is also on the same line of thinking, who was struck by such a late choice on the part of the tournament organizers: "I'm actually a bit surprised that they confirmed it so late, let's say.
It's been months. At least I knew it probably was. The prime minister or the governor of the state of Melbourne, I don't know if I don't remember exactly who said it, but he was official. I was surprised to see this news because I was like, what's new?" More clear was the winner of the Finals, Sasha Zverev, who declared that he believed it correct that the obligation of vaccination is required, given that we are not talking only about playing tennis but about entering a state with already established rules and guidelines.
. The German then added that he hopes that Nole will also be in Australia. Djokovic, one of the main exponents of the PTPA, then fought for the rights of tennis players, underlining how there is a certain disparity between this sport and the others, since only the first 150 tennis players make a living from tennis.
"I know who I am and what I am, I know what is right. Just 150 players make a living from tennis in the men's and women's categories. Give me any other sport where that is. It is precisely for these boys and girls that we stand up," added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Rafael Nadal: "It will not be easy to return to the highest levels"
It's been three months since we last saw Rafael Nadal in action and fans are wondering what his condition is like. During a ceremony held in Madrid a few days ago, the Spanaird provided some updates on his rehabilitation process.
He said: "My main goal at the moment is to prepare myself in the best possible way for the new season. I hope to be competitive again in 2022. It won't be easy to get back to the top level, I was off the track for many months and I'm no longer a kid.
The competition is fierce, but I still have great enthusiasm and I hope to get a lot of satisfaction next year. As much as he looks like a machine from a mental point of view, I'm sure he too has his doubts and fears about him.
We have different characters, but both of them have led us to success. Everyone needs to find their own way." Rafael Nadal had to contend with a chronic foot injury for much of 2021. The Spanish star played the pittance of seven official tournaments this year and played his last match last August.
After his premature elimination in the Washington tournament, the former world number 1 has decided to end his season well in advance. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has been back in training for a few weeks and is expected to return to the field at the Abu Dhabi exhibition next month.
The 35-year-old from Manacor has already confirmed his participation in the Australian Open 2022, which kicks off on January 17 in Melbourne Park. Tournament director Craig Tiley has announced that the capacity will be 100%, which is very good news given the atmosphere in the Happy Slam every year.