World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas suggested that tennis fans should get accustomed to not haivng the Big Three at Grand Slams as that will be the reality in a couple of years. Roger Federer, 40, is set to miss the Australian Open, while 34-year-old Novak Djokovic is refusing to reveal his vaccination status.
Rafael Nadal, 35, didn't want to confirm in Abu Dhabi that 100 percent he would play at the Australian Open. "I guess that's how it is going to be generally in few years time. Let's see how tennis works out without the top three.
I really want to see which players are going to prevail at this point," Tsitsipas said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
Tsitsipas aims his maiden Grand Slam title
With or without the Big Three, Tsitsipas will be determined to win his maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
Nadal has returned to the practice court and that's a positive indication that he is giving his best to play the Australian Open. After returning home from Abu Dhabi, Nadal announced: "On my return home after playing the Abu Dhabi tournament, I have tested positive for Covid in the PCR test that was performed on me when I arrived in Spain.
"Both in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi we passed controls every two days and all were negative, the last being on Friday and having the results on Saturday. "I am having some unpleasant moments but I hope that I will improve little by little.
I am now homebound and have reported the result to those who have been in contact with me. "As a consequence of the situation, I have to have total flexibility with my calendar and I will analyse my options depending on my evolution.
"I will keep you informed of any decisions about my future tournaments! Thank you all in advance for your support and understanding."