In the last hours the news has arrived of another illustrious withdrawal from the next Australian Open: after the loss of Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams due to injury to the women's team and Roger Federer and Pierre Hugues Herbert (the second due to not vaccinated).
From the men's, Karolina Pliskova has also announced that she will not participate in the first slam of the year, scheduled in Australia from January 17 to 30. The 29-year-old Czech tennis player, number 3 in the WTA ranking, surprisingly announced that she will not participate in the Australian Grand Slam.
Pliskova, who has not missed a Grand Slam event since 2012, trained in Marbella alongside other players on the circuit. This suggests, therefore, that it is a last minute injury. Karolina Pliskova has announced in the last hours that she will not participate in the Australian Open 2022.
The Czech, former world number one in 2017, surprised everyone with her decision. The experienced Czech tennis player, winner of 16 career WTA tournaments, had a good season in 2021. Despite not having won a single tournament, Pliskova earned her place in the Finals by reaching three-level finals: her first at the Internazionali d 'Italy, clearly lost to Iga Swiatek; the second, the most prestigious, at Wimbledon, in which she was defeated in the third set by number one, Ashleigh Barty (the second final of her career in a slam after the one in 2016 at the US Open); the third was the Master 1000 in Montreal, lost (to the delight of the Italians) against Camila Giorgi.
The 2021 ATP season has been an amazing year for Novak Djokovic.
Justine Henin reflects on Nole
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin believes things will be a lot more complicated for Novak Djokovic in 2022. Henin feels that with Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev gaining momentum, and Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem returning to the tour, Djokovic will not be so dominant at the Grand Slams.
"It’s going to be very interesting to see how everybody handles it," Henin told Eurosport. "Daniil Medvedev is taking off. Zverev - it will be the year for him... I think he's ready to go for a Grand Slam in 2022, obviously we'll still have to see how he does over the five-set question, but you get the feeling that at some point, it's going to work out for him.
He has taken on a new dimension." Novak Djokovic's achievements this season have given him the edge over Rafael Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the GOAT race. "I don't think enough credit is given to him (Novak Djokovic) for everything he's done, everything he's accomplished," Henin said.
"I don't always agree with his behaviour because, in the end, by trying and wanting to do so well, by wanting to be liked, finally, he goes a little against his nature. This is what people can reproach him for. It is a lack of genuineness also at certain times. And there, he gives us access to a real moment of authenticity."