The news had been in the air for a few weeks, but now it’s official. Only players who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to participate in the Australian Open 2022. At this point, it is legitimate to ask what Novak Djokovic will do, who did not want to reveal his vaccination status and said he was in favor of freedom of choice. In the event of a forfeit in Melbourne, the world number 1 would lose the chance to hoist himself to 21 Grand Slams by winning his favorite tournament. Rafael Nadal is expected to take part in the Happy Slam, while Roger Federer announced his resignation a few days ago. The 40-year-old from Basel, who had surgery on his right knee for the third time in the last year and a half, will not be able to start racing again before January. His return to the tour should not take place before the summer of 2022, as admitted by the Maestro in a recent interview. His participation in Wimbledon next year is highly questionable. Speaking on the ‘Today Show’, Australian Open director Craig Tiley analyzed the situation of King Roger.
Tiley opens up on Roger Federer
“Well for first, we have been in constant contact with Roger Federer, we are all friends with him and love to see him compete but he’s recovering from surgery and he’s got a 40-year-old+ body now, takes a bit longer to recover now than 20 years ago for him. He’ll be back at some point,” Craig Tiley said. Tiley reckons Federer will miss a number of events in the 2022 season, given that the 20-time Major champion will not be able to resume training until March next year. “I think it will be a while before he plays, he did say probably only March or April, so there’s maybe other events he’s missing,” Tiley added. “He will be someone who’ll be watching closely whether Novak or Rafa could surpass his 20 Grand Slam titles.” Despite the gravity, Federer has also trusted his millions of fans with the truth. That is why his coach Ljubicic feels that one should rest assured with the Swiss maestro’s updates. “I can guarantee you that with Roger, you can rest assured that what he says is what he is,” Ljubicic said. “He says things as they are, every now and then he avoids making certain details public, at other times, as in this case, he tells everything instead.”