It might appear some time but earlier than the celebs of world tennis head over to the southern hemisphere to participate within the Australian Open. However, there’s a actual risk that Novak Djokovic might miss the event as a result of not assembly vaccine necessities.
The world primary loves taking part in within the first main event of the season – it’s traditionally his finest occasion. Nevertheless, the Australian Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke, has not too long ago said that international guests to the nation should be totally immunized to enter, this implies Djokovic shall be refused a visa.
So, if the Serbian doesn’t meet the necessities for entry, then who will exchange him as the favourite to hoist aloft the Sir Norman Brookes Trophy in 2022?
The Russian and present world quantity two, was the runner up in final yr’s event dropping to Djokovic however defeated him within the U.S. Open, denying the Serbian a calendar Grand Slam. Medvedev has had a productive 2021, on the time of writing he’s matched his finest of 4 singles titles in a single yr and has additionally racked up half a century of wins within the course of.
Zverev is one other participant who’s had a optimistic yr and is definitely value contemplating as a winner in Melbourne. The German not too long ago obtained to the quarter finals at Indian Wells and like Medvedev, has gained 4 singles titles in 2021. The 24-year-old reached the quarter finals final day trip within the Open, but in addition made it to the semi-final in 2020. After knocking on the door for the final two years, it might be his time.
One other semi-finalist on the 2021 Australian Open was Tsitsipas. The dynamic Greek completed within the ultimate 4 for the second time in his profession in Melbourne. His five-set comeback victory over Rafael Nadal again within the quarter ultimate in February was beautiful. While he’s had a formidable 2021, successful the Australian Open would elevate him to a brand new stage. Actually not a shy and reserved sort, Tsitsipas says he was destined to be a tennis participant. We should admit after his performances this season, it’s laborious to argue with him!
One of many sport’s greats, Nadal is in search of 2022 to be a yr to recollect. However the 35-year-old from Majorca continues to be to beat the damage, that introduced a untimely finish to this season again in August. Whereas it’s nonetheless somewhat bit early for betting exercise surrounding the Australian Open, some early outright winners’ odds have been posted amongst Coral’s odds listings, and Nadal – considerably surprisingly – is listed at 8/1 together with Tsitsipas. If Nadal can get match, he might properly spring a shock and win his second Open title in Melbourne.
The Austrian is one other participant who beforehand got here very near successful the Open title within the Rod Laver Area. Thiem was defeated by Djokovic in what was his third Main ultimate look, in actual fact 2020 was his finest yr of his profession so far. He reached the quarter ultimate within the French Open and gained his first Main on the U.S. Open. Nevertheless, the story of his 2021 has been one among damage and detached type. However after taking a while away from the court docket since August to relaxation and recuperate, Thiem shall be seeking to make an actual assertion upon his return.
In fact, it’s nonetheless somewhat early for Aussie Open hypothesis, and there’s loads of good tennis but to be performed in 2021. Nonetheless, the Djokovic issue has shined an early highlight on Melbourne. As we study extra in regards to the defending champion’s standing, and as we ramp up for the 2022 season basically, we’ll preserve you coated right here at Tennis Linked.