May 22, 2022

Kyrgios’ warning for Australian tennis summer time

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says it will be an “absolute catastrophe” if tennis’ large three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic all miss the summer time of tennis.

Because it stands, Federer has already ruled himself out of the Australian Open as he continues his restoration from knee surgical procedure, whereas Nadal, who final week examined constructive for COVID-19, has acknowledged he “can’t guarantee” his participation.

With Nadal doubtful, that very same situation additionally applies to Djokovic.

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Djokovic’s availability has been clouded for a number of months resulting from his stance on the COVID-19 vaccination, which he is acknowledged is a “personal” matter for him. A Victorian state-enforced COVD-19 vaccine mandate has put stress on the 20-time grand slam winner’s availability, who will have to be vaccinated or meet the criteria for a medical exemption.

Novak Djokovic (Getty)

Kyrgios says it’s essential that the game has the long-lasting large three all taking part this summer time in Australia.

“I actually do not know Novak’s present scenario with something COVID associated or what he must play,” Kyrgios informed the Herald and The Age.

“I hope he is had a superb Christmas and I hope he is capable of play within the sport for so long as doable, as a result of I’ve voiced earlier than I feel Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have to be [playing].

“If all three aren’t there, it is a catastrophe. It is an absolute catastrophe for the followers and the folks that get pleasure from tennis.

“Sure, it is clearly a superb alternative for a few of the youthful guys to come back by means of and make an influence however, as an entire, we do want them to be a part of the game.”

It was confirmed final night time that 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem has pulled out of the Australian Open resulting from an absence of preparation.

Nick Kyrgios, Roger Federer (Getty)

In the meantime, Kyrgios will headline the Sydney Tennis Traditional subsequent month after it was revealed he had been handed a wildcard entry.

The match would be the excellent alternative for Kyrgios to get time on the courtroom earlier than the Australian Open, which will get underway on January 17.

“I have been coaching at residence in Canberra and right here in Sydney and I really feel good after an prolonged break from the sport,” he stated.

“I am trying ahead to the ultimate hit-out earlier than the AO, due to Tennis Australia for the chance to play.”

Fellow Australian stars Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur may also compete on the Sydney Tennis Traditional, which might be held from January 9-15.

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