2022 will be an important year for many players. Everyone is waiting to see if Novak Djokovic will participate in the Australian Open, a tournament that has seen him triumph nine times. The number 1 in the world, who has won the last three editions of the Happy Slam, has not yet dissolved his reservations about his presence in Melbourne.
The Serbian champion would have the gluttonous chance to forfeit his 21st Major by beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in this special ranking. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has never wanted to reveal his vaccination status and has always said he is in favor of freedom of choice.
Nole got a lot of satisfaction in 2021, having won the 37th Masters 1000 thanks to his success in Paris-Bercy. As if that weren't enough, Djokovic finished the year at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh time ever (thus detaching his idol Pete Sampras).
Interviewed by Sky Sports on the sidelines of an ATP Champions Tour event (held in London), Tomas Berdych analyzed Novak's prospects in detail. Berdych said: "Novak Djokovic will certainly have a harder time establishing himself in 2022.
I'm not saying he won't have any other chances of winning Grand Slams, but I don't think it will be that simple. Majors run for two weeks and you have to play seven games at best of five sets. To triumph again, Nole needs to be in top shape.
It is true that he has dominated in recent years, but he is becoming more and more vulnerable. The next season will be all to be savored. In any case, I find it hard to think that Djokovic will not win at least one more Grand Slam."
The Czech also spoke of Andy Murray: "I know him very well, as we have been fighting for most of my career. In tennis you have to decide what to do, which can be an advantage or a disadvantage. Andy knows it will be difficult for him to win another Grand Slam and he certainly doesn't need the money.
If he's having fun and thinks his level is good enough, why should he stop? I would have continued too if I had found a solution to my hip and back problems."
Venus Williams on vacation in Paris: "I'm exhausted"
Vacation time for Venus Williams, who took advantage of the break from the court to indulge in some relaxation in Paris.
The former number 1 of the WTA ranking documented her stay in the beautiful French capital with some stories on her social networks, showing her followers the various stages of her Parisian journey. The American tennis player visited Place Vendome, a historic landmark and one of her favorite city attractions.
"A view of the Place Vendome for those who haven't been. One of my favorite places in Paris," she titled Venus in one of her stories on her Instagram profile. Williams then indulged in a bit of shopping, moving from one window to another, between watches and jewels.
The 41-year-old American also posted some shots of her wearing some freshly bought clothes, showing off an enviable physique, accompanied with a nice description. "Over the past few months I have been gaining weight instead of reps in the gym.
Here are the results! I still can't get a quad to save my life ... but I'm working on it! " Williams wrote, then joking about the exhausting shopping she did. "It was too much shopping .... I'm exhausted. However, I will remain strong and continue."
At 41 year-old, Venus Williams still has no plans to stop playing. The many physical problems that have affected her throughout her career and her age, however, have affected her season in the last year, in which the winner of seven slams has only played three games.
Her last tournament of her year was a WTA 250 event in Chicago last August, following which she ended her season due to a leg injury. Williams is currently ranked outside the top 300 and she will need a wildcard to compete in future WTA events.
She and her sister Serena will not participate in the Australian Open 2022. For Serena, the reason for giving up the first slam of the year is the injury suffered at Wimbledon earlier this year.