Rafael Nadal has already defeated COVID-19 and wasted no more time, returning to the court to train on Wednesday 29 December 2021. The Spanish tennis player seems to have had no major repercussions on a physical level after the positivity and has returned to follow the schedule to arrive in full shape for the first rounds of the year in oceanic land.
The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles had communicated to fans and the world that he was in quarantine last December 20: he too was a victim of the outbreak created at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, complicating his plans a little of preparation, given that the matches played in that competition had not convinced him.
The goal of the king of clay is not to miss any event in his calendar that he had set for himself, to arrive ready and with a lot of ambition for the Australian Open, the first prestigious event of next season. With the two anti-Covid vaccinations carried out since unsuspecting times, Rafa should leave for Oceania even on Thursday 30 December, according to the latest strong rumors.
In short, the player has no desire to waste any more time and wants to reach Australia immediately. The intent of the Spaniard is to participate in the ATP 250 in Melbourne, which will be held starting from January 3, before the Grand Slam event.
A fundamental competition for the athlete, who wants to become familiar with Australian concrete and test his physique after facing the quarantine for about ten days. A sigh of relief for all the Iberian fans, who feared the worst due to Nadal's positivity.
By now the Australian Open is no longer in doubt for the 13-time Roland Garros champion: the only unknown remains to understand in what conditions the Spaniard will arrive at the appointment and if he will be so competitive as to be able to worry the strongest tennis players in circulation for the victory.
Novak Djokovic OFFICIALLY out of ATP Cup 2022
Novak Djokovic has officially decided not to participate in the ATP Cup 2022, a team competition scheduled from 1 to 9 January in Sydney, and not to postpone his come back to the court.
He therefore misses the first match of the 2022 season for the number one in the world, who a few days before the start of the event was still in doubt whether he had worn the Serbian shirt or not. Tennis Australia has announced the retirement of the 34-year-old native of Belgrade: Dusan Lajovic will therefore be the best of his nation and the one who will lead the group, followed by Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic, Matej Sabanov.
With the absence of the winner of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021, Serbia's chances of victory in the tournament on ocean soil are significantly reduced. In the Davis Cup the country was led by Nole and managed to win the semifinals, then surrendering to Croatia.
The debut is set for Saturday 1 January with Casper Ruud's Norway. Then will follow the challenges with Chile and Spain, which will have Roberto Bautista Agut as number one. Before the start of 2022 the whole tennis world is eager to know news about Djokovic, who is not yet sure he can take part in the Australian tour and therefore in the first Grand Slam of the season (the Australian Open, an event in which he is the holder from three years of the title).
At the basis of the withdrawal from the ATP Cup, there is the impossibility at this time and with the rules currently established by the State of Victoria to be able to leave for Oceania, given that the attachment of the world number one to his is known.
nation, as well as the aspect that playing a competition before the Australian Open would have been very convenient for him. Djokovic continues to train in his Belgrade, fans and enthusiasts await news on his programming in January: in the last few hours a possible measure has sprung up that could be taken to allow the Serbian to arrive and play in Australia.