Justine Henin: "Serena Williams no longer scares young tennis players"

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Justine Henin: "Serena Williams no longer scares young tennis players"

It was a situation in the air, but a few days ago came the announcement that Serena Williams will not be present at the Australian Open 2022. At 40 year-old, the American tennis player has long been struggling with an injury, suffered at Wimbledon, and that the forced to miss the US Open.

For years now Serena has been chasing the 24 Grand Slam record, but the more months and years pass, the more difficult the situation becomes. For the first time since 2006, Serena finished the season outside the Top 40, she only played six tournaments and didn't reach any Grand Slam finals.

The strong and experienced athlete has long been struggling with physical problems and she ended the season prematurely with a bad hamstring injury. Serena Williams has in fact skipped the home Slam to prepare for 2022 but the forfeit from Melbourne worries all her fans, the tennis player should return to clay (absolutely therefore not as a favorite) and a possible new victory in a Slam seems unlikely.

Her best result in 2021 came at the Australian Open where she succumbed to Japanese champion Naomi Osaka. During a recent interview, former Belgian champion Justine Henin talked about Serena's current situation She said: "All young tennis players are starting to fear Serena Williams less.

We were afraid in my time and many girls were afraid of her when they took thecourt, now it is no longer like this and she feels it too. Her attitude on the court has changed, she has less confidence in herself and I think she no longer has the old and burning desire that she once had.

Despite this, it must be said that she remains an exceptional person and athlete and what she has achieved will never change. I am beginning to be convinced that the mission she set out to win more Grand Slam titles will not happen, but of course I can't say 100%.

In the past she has given me problems and I think she is capable of anything but now we have to be realistic."

"Djokovic must have a valid reason not to get vaccinated," said...

Novak Djokovic, in 2021, confirmed that he is still the man to beat in the ATP Tour.

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both out due to injury, the world number 1 reaffirmed his superiority by winning three Majors this year. The Serbian champion was only one step away from the Grand Slam that would have put an end to any debate related to the greatest ever.

The 34-year-old from Belgrade also won his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career. His only regrets (other than the US Open) are the Tokyo Olympics and the ATP Finals, but in both cases he found Alexander Zverev in a state of grace barring his way.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not yet announced whether he will be present at the Australian Open 2022. Local authorities have sanctioned the obligation of vaccination for all players who want to enter the country in January.

Nole, for his part, never wanted to reveal his vaccination status. Interviewed by the newspaper The Age about vaccines and the participation of tennis players in the upcoming Australian tournaments, the sports minister of the State of Victoria Martin Pakula uttered sentences that leave no room for interpretation, especially regarding the participation of Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian is officially on the list for the ATP Cup and the Asutralian Open 2022, but with the presence still in doubt. Pakula said: "If Novak Djokovic chooses not to get vaccinated and is not accepted by the panel of experts, he will not participate in the Australian Open.

The vaccine is a prerequisite to be able to play the tournament. Otherwise, he must have a valid reason to explain his lack of vaccination. If people think we are going to give Djokovic preferential treatment, they are very wrong.

Any player wishing to enter Australia will either have to be vaccinated or have a good reason not to be. Novak's participation in the tournament does not depend on me, the Prime Minister or any other political figure. The matter will be evaluated by a commission of experts."