(Sports News, Tennis News) Weekly tennis news from December 28 to January 3: After recovering from Covid-19, Rafael Nadal will be able to face formidable opponents in the first tournament in 2022. While There, Novak Djokovic is actively practicing the exercises to wait to defend the Australian Open crown.
Nadal dating bad boy Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the Australian Open
Rafael Nadal has just recovered quite quickly after contracting Covid-19. The 35-year-old Spaniard will attend the Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament from January 4-9 in Melbourne (Australia) to have a good run for the Australian Open 2022.
Bad boy Kyrgios can face Nadal in the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set 1 this week
According to the new draw results announced by the organizers of this ATP 250 tournament, No. 1 seed Nadal is among the top 4 seeds that are exempt from the first round and he will start in the 2nd round against a player who has passed the first round. type, or American rival Marcos Giron (ranked 65th in the world).
If he goes on, the next challenges that Rafa can face can include 7th seed Dominik Koepfer (quarter-finals), 4th seed David Goffin or Australian tennis “bad boy” Nick Kyrgios (soldier). final), Andy Murray, 2nd seed Reilly Opelka or 3rd seed Grigor Dimitrov (final).
In the past, Nadal won 4 and lost 2 out of 6 times against Goffin. “Gaur” has failed 3 out of 8 times against Kyrgios. Nadal’s form has not been good lately when he lost to both Andy Murray and Denis Shapovalov at the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi (UAE) last year.
If he has to face Goffin or Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the upcoming Melbourne Summer Set 1 tournament, Nadal will have to be very wary if he wants to go far in this tournament.
Video of Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov in the third place match of the Mubadala Tennis Championship 2021:
Novak Djokovic secretly waits for favors to attend the Australian Open
According to Marca, Novak Djokovic has just returned to his own home in Marbella (Spain) when it is considered to have a milder climate than his hometown of Belgrade (Serbia) and will help him get the best conditions to prepare. for the new 2022 season.
Djokovic took a photo with young fans at the tennis club Puente Romano in Marbella
The world’s No. 1 male tennis player is hoping the Australian government will grant him a medical exemption that will allow him to go to Melbourne (Australia) to defend the Australian Open men’s singles championship title without publicizing that he has been vaccinated against Covid. -19 or not.
However, recently, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has affirmed that Novak Djokovic “will not receive preferential treatment” when the country of kangaroos requires tourists to have a full dose of Covid-19 vaccine if they want to enter the country. into this country.
Meanwhile, Djokovic and his coaching staff, including head coach Marian Vajda and 2 fitness coaches Ulisés Badio and Marco Panichi are still practicing hard at the Puente Romano tennis club in Marbella.
According to Marca, Nole is training with the same balls used at the upcoming Australian Open to aim for a 10th championship at Melbourne Park and surpass both Federer and Nadal to set a record of winning 21 Grand Slam singles titles. male.
Video Novak Djokovic defeats Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open men’s singles final 2021:
Raducanu honored by Queen of England
With excellently becoming the first tennis player to win the US Open when having to go through qualifying, beautiful Emma Raducanu has just become the youngest person in history to be awarded the title of Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II by Queen Elizabeth II. ). The 19-year-old girl is also on the list of excellent individuals in the new year 2022 announced by the Queen of England.
Queen Elizabeth II gives Raducanu the prestigious MBE title
Speaking after receiving the honor, tennis player who is ranked 19 in the world Raducanu said: “I am extremely proud and grateful to be on the list to receive the MBE title from the Queen. Last year was a year full of pleasant surprises for me. So ending 2021 with this event is very special to me.” A few days ago, Raducanu was also awarded the title of “Sports Person of the Year” by BBC news agency.
French tennis star angry because… 250 times positive when tested for Covid-19
On December 29, 2021, on his personal Twitter page, famous French tennis player Benoit Paire posted a message expressing frustration because he had to be isolated at a hotel so many times when he had to stay at a hotel. attending tournaments during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the frustration with the World Men’s Tennis Association (ATP).
Benoit Paire is angry about Covid-19 and ATP
The star with a very bushy beard tweeted: “Hi, my name is Benoit Paire and for the 250th time I have tested positive for Covid-19. Honestly, I can’t deal with this damn thing from Covid anymore.”
“How am I? Because of Covid, I have a sore nose (referring to too many times having to poke my nose to test for Covid-19) and all the quarantines took place in a certain hotel room in the other side of the world makes me feel mentally unwell!”
“Last year was difficult and this year has started exactly the same! I want to emphasize one thing that I am 100% in favor of vaccination, but everyone should live like before Covid, otherwise, I feel real. That’s still secondary, but ATP, how do you protect players who are in a situation like me?”, Paire complained.
Tsitsipas explains why he missed the ATP Cup match
World No. 4 male tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas suddenly withdrew right before his match with Hubert Hurkacz in the match between Greece and Poland in the opening match of Group D of the ATP Cup 2022 on January 1. via.
Tsitsipas withdraws from match against Hurkacz in ATP Cup 2022
Explaining this, reigning runner-up Roland Garros insisted that there was nothing to worry about: “My recovery from surgery on my elbow injury in November is progressing and Today is a precaution to ensure that I go to Melbourne to compete (at the Australian Open 2022).”
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