Former world No. 25 Timea Babos has announced her withdrawal from the Australian Open as she simply can't comply with the rules set for the 2022 Australian Open. Babos made nine Australian Open main draw appearances in singles but never made it past the second round.
However, Babos enjoyed doubles success at Melbourne Park as she and Kristina Mladenovic won the 2020 Australian Open doubles title. "The world has unfortunately changed a lot since our 2020 Australian Open doubles victory.
This year in Melbourne, I got a huge, almost unprocessed slap from my partner, then came my own COVID illness and then my stubborn injuries," Babos said. "With all will, I there myself into training a few months ago and started returning to the world of competitive tennis.
"Because of my weaker singles ranking and my doubles success, I'm obviously facing a series of dilemmas in the future, but one thing's for sure, I won't give up because I know and believe there's more to it than that."
Babos' views have changed
"Having said all that, however, I made the decision to skip next year's Australian Open after 10 years because I got to the point in my career where earning potential and potential glory isn't everything," Babos added.
"I simply cannot identify with the Australian government's COVID-19 measures, the possible quarantine obligation, as COVID camps deter. I can honestly say I wouldn't go to Australia with a calm heart for either the singles qualifying or my favorite Grand Slam.
"I'm sorry for the situation and I wish all the participating players to Australia good luck and above all a safe stay."
Pierre-Hugues Herbert became the first player to pull out of the Australian Open due to the vaccine mandate. Rising Australian stat Olivia Gadecki also withdrew from the Australian Open because she doesn't want to get vaccinated.
Timea Babos announces she will miss the Australian swing, including the Aus Open, as "I simply cannot identify with the Australian Government's Covid measure, the possible quarantine obligation, as Covid camps deter"
That doesn't look like the best choice of words either.