The next edition of the Australian Open, more than three months before the start, has already entered the eye of the storm. There are two main problems that the organizers of the first Grand Slam of the year will have to solve as soon as possible.
The first is linked to the decision taken by the Victorian government, which imposed the obligation to vaccinate about one million workers, including professional athletes. Taking into account that, according to some reliable sources, at least half of the players on the big circuit would not have received the vaccine, the consequences of this imposition could have strong repercussions.
Daniel Andrews, Prime Minister of the State of Victoria, explained: “I do not issue visas or passports, but I think it is highly unlikely that the Commonwealth government will allow anyone who is not fully vaccinated to enter Australia, certainly in the medium term.
This could change over time." We remind you that it is not yet clear whether this solution will also be extended to athletes from abroad or from other Australian states. The second problem refers to the quarantine period that tennis players must respect before being able to circulate freely in Australia; a period that could last several weeks.
John Millman, one of the best Australian tennis players of the moment, harshly criticized the measures imposed by his country and raised the alarm. Roger Federer is considered one of the most elegant and effortless players of all time.
Federer is currently ranked No. 9 in the world
In the interview, Roger Federer opened up about retirement, mental health, and records. According to the Swiss, he’s confident that a new talent might emerge and break the record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
He said, “I feel like it’s easier to dominate through the different surfaces nowadays…So, yes, a new, incredible player will, I believe, break our run of 20 Grand Slams eventually – but not overnight”.
The Swiss feels that reaching 20 Grand Slam championships will take time, as it requires focus and determination. Novak Djokovic is now at 20 Grand Slam titles tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer and Nadal, who are currently recovering from their injuries are hoping to return for the 2022 season.
Clearly, the race for the most Grand Slam titles will continue at the Australian Open 2022. Roger Federer is currently ranked No. 9 in the world but will move to the 10th spot after the completion of the Indian Wells Masters. Casper Ruud, who currently occupies the 10th spot, will displace Federer from the 9th spot.