It has long been known that Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open. But Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic could also be absent – much to Nick Kyrgios’ concern.
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Australian tennis pro Nick Kyrgios fears that superstars Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will not attend the Australian Open (January 17th to 30th). If the “Big Three” were to be absent from the first Grand Slam of the year, it would be a “disaster”, Kyrgios told the Melbourne Age newspaper.
Nadal recently tested positive for Corona
“It would be an absolute disaster for the fans and everyone who enjoy tennis. Sure, the younger players would have the chance to distinguish themselves. But all in all, one has to say that we need them.”
The Swiss Federer is currently fighting his way back after the third operation on his right knee in the past two years and will definitely be absent. Nadal had recently returned to an invitation tournament in Abu Dhabi after a persistent foot injury. When he returned to Spain, however, he tested positive for the corona virus.
The world number one Djokovic is on the major’s entry list in Melbourne, but the record winner continues to make his vaccination status a secret. Only fully vaccinated players are allowed to serve at the Australian Open.