In a recent interview with MARCA, Dr. Angel Martin, medical historian of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal, winner of the last edition of the Australian Open, his 21st Slam title, expressed his opinion on what happened in Melbourne.
Angel Martin said: "In Australia we have seen the triumph of courage. Rafael Nadal has once again proved that he is a special athlete. Rafa always gives everything, even pushing himself beyond his limits. I believe that he will go down in history as the mythical heroes of the Trojan War, whose names have remained engraved in the collective memory up to the present day.
He will leave an immense legacy." Guest of Gill Gross on his YouTube channel, journalist Steve Flink commented on Nadal's victory at the AO: "Rafa demanded maximum effort from his body, having been a very long final.
He had not done an ideal preparation and had just returned from a serious foot injury. On the other side of the net was Daniil Medvedev, who was able to win the US Open a few months ago. The outcome of the match surprised me, I have to be honest.
I thought the Russian would win the tournament. Rafael Nadal won the Australian Open for the second time just over a week ago. Fresh from a long stop due to injury, the former world number 1 has completed the umpteenth feat of his extraordinary career.
After surviving two authentic battles against Denis Shapovalov and Matteo Berrettini, the Spanish phenomenon rallied Daniil Medvedev two sets in the final. When he seemed one step away from surrender, the Majorcan found the energy to reverse the inertia of the challenge.
Thanks to this success, the 35-year-old from Manacor overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to reach 21 Majors. Rafa will try to stretch further already at Roland Garros, where he will be the big favorite for the win. Thanks to his choice not to get vaccinated, Nole could be unable to defend his title in Paris.
Nadal is enrolled in the ATP in Acapulco and in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, but has not yet confirmed his presence at these events after the Australian hardships.
Peng Shuai: "It was all a misunderstanding"
Peng Shuai is back to talking.
The Chinese tennis player had been at the center of the news in November 2021, when she had disappeared, physically and from all Chinese social networks. The concern was great, especially since the former number one in the world had denounced the former Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, a former senior official of the Chinese Communist Party, for violence.
Shuai's first appearance took place on Chinese state TV, where an email she wrote was read. The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, believed little about the veracity of this communication, which is why he personally contacted the tennis player, that she declared that she was fine and that she wanted her privacy to be respected.
Taking advantage of the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the French sports newspaper L'Équipe managed to interview Peng Shuai. During the interview, however, the Chinese sportswoman was escorted by Wang Kan, head of the Chinese Olympic Committee.
"First of all I would like to thank the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and personalities in large numbers who have cared about me,” said Peng Shuai, who added: "But I didn't think there would be such a concern and I would like to know: why such a concern?" This is the beginning of the interview with the tennis player, winner of two Grand Slam titles in doubles, who emphasized that she did not want to cause such a media hype.
From the interview given to the French newspaper and taken up by Open, it is clear that the accusations made by Peng Shuai against Zhang Gaoli have been retracted: "I never said someone sexually assaulted me in any way."
The reporter from the team, however, reiterated that she had published a post on social media where she denounced the violence suffered, and then later deleted it. Asked why the post was canceled, Peng Shuai replied: “Because I wanted to do it.
There has been a huge misunderstanding in the outside world following this post. I don't want the meaning of this post to be more distorted and I don't want there to be further media hype around it." As he had asked a few months ago, the president of the Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, met Peng at the start of the Winter Olympic Games in China: "We had dinner together on Saturday and had a nice discussion and an exchange of views."
Said Peng Shuai, who later revealed that he wanted to retire from the sport: "She asked me if I'm thinking of competing again, what my plans are, what I'm going to do and more," concluded the US Open semifinalist.