As we await the start of the new season, some important news has arrived regarding the teams of two of the best players in the world. The first concerns Roberto Bautista Agut, who has decided to end his historic collaboration with Pepe Vendrell.
The two have worked together for the past eleven years and achieved incredible milestones. The Spaniard has in fact won nine ATP tournaments, earned the top ten (best ranking number 9 in the world in 2019, ed) and played in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2019 during the Vendrell management.
"After 11 seasons, Pepe and I have decided to part ways and continue our paths in a different way. Thanks to him I have achieved the best results in my career, so I want to thank him for all the work done in this long period of time," explained Roberto Bautista Agut.
"We have decided together to end our partnership. My goal is to keep improving professionally. Keep working and playing every day with the same enthusiasm. The goal is to go out and play my best tennis." The protagonist of the second important news is Andy Murray.
Jamie Delgado will no longer be on his team. Delgado took over from Ivan Lendl in 2017 and lived through the most complicated years of Murray's career. In fact, the Scotsman risked ending his history in the world of tennis early due to hip problems, which forced him to undergo several operations and medical restraints.
According to the latest rumors, Delgado could join Denis Shapovalov's team in 2022. Murray should instead hire, at least according to local media, one between Jan de Witt and Esteban Carril. In the last few hours, Rafael Nadal has also chosen to expand his squad and rely on the help of Marc Lopez.
The two double won the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Tiley: "Novak Djokovic will not necessarily be in Australia"
The 2021 season is over and by now the whole circuit is enjoying these mini holidays waiting for the Australian tour.
In the first days of 2022 we will start with the ATP Cup, there will be several minor tournaments and at the end of the month there will be the long-awaited Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. For the first time for a tennis tournament, athletes, as well as professionals and fans, will also have to have a vaccine requirement in order to play in the tournaments that will be played in Australia.
Because of this some athletes see their presence in doubt and the first of these is the reigning champion and world number one Novak Djokovic. Several times the Serbian has in the past questioned the situation regarding the vaccine and, even today, has not yet specified whether or not he has had the COVID-19 vaccine.
In the last few hours, some good news had arrived, but now there was an abrupt and important slowdown. The organizers of the Australian Open 2022 announced the entry list of the men's and women's tournament and in the men's one, with the exception of Roger Federer, all the best in the world were present.
Novak Djokovic was also in the Entry List and the organizers themselves spoke of a certain presence of Nole ready to defend his title. Tennis Australia director Craig Tiley slowed down and made important statements on the Entry List and on the number one in the world: "The official entry list of the tournament came out and Novak Djokovic was also present.
However, that was only a formality and all this does not mean that he will surely play the tournament." Once again the presence of Nole is questioned and by now only his answers regarding participation are awaited, answers that will undoubtedly arrive in the next weeks of 2021 and before the start of the Australian tour which should see Nole also protagonist in the ATP Cup.