We are still waiting for the official press release from Tennis Australia relating to the mandatory measures to which all tennis players who want to participate in the Australian Open 2022 will have to comply. The top two players in the world, namely Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev, do not wanted to announce their vaccination status and their presence in Melbourne is an unknown for now. First of all, it will be necessary to understand whether or not unvaccinated players will have the possibility of entering Australia. Secondly, the knot of quarantine and tests to be carried out during the Happy Slam has not yet been solved. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal has used his social profiles to give some updates on his condition. The 35-year-old Spaniard, who played in the misery of seven official tournaments this year, ended his season prematurely with a foot injury. The 20-time Grand Slam champion intends to return to the field in Abu Dhabi in December, and then fly to Australia and focus on the first major of 2022. The Majorcan will go on the hunt for his 21st Grand Slam title, which would allow him to detach the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The latter has missed a gluttonous chance to overtake the US Open.
Arias talks about Nadal
Former tennis player and analyst Jimmy Arias also spoke about Rafael Nadal’s chances at the French Open. According to Arias, the Spaniard is slowly beginning to show signs of weakness on the red clay in Paris. “I never conceded the French title to Nadal, like some others did,” he said. “I’ve often felt like Rafa is on the verge of being beatable, but then he’d get to Roland Garros and win. He proved me wrong every time a lot of times. But now he’s showing some wear in that armor.” After this major declaration, former American tennis player and John McEnroe’s younger brother, Patrick McEnroe uttered on his possibility of winning Grand Slams. He quoted, “ If he stays healthy, he (Nadal) could end up winning one to three more French Opens. That’s a reasonable argument to make. It’s harder to make an argument that he can win multiple other majors at this point.” Following the French Open, Nadal competed at the Washington Open but couldn’t go past Llyod Harris in the round of 16. After hitting with a knee injury, Nadal hasn’t competed professionally. Subsequently, he withdrew from Wimbledon and US Open.