‘Disaster’: Nick Kyrgios Urges Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal to Continue Playing Tennis

Published 12/28/2021, 11:34 PM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer has already announced his unavailability for the Australian Open 2022 owing to his knee injury. Rafael Nadal tested positive for the covid-19 a few days ago, therefore his participation also looks dicey. And the third of the Big Three, Novak Djokovic is yet to reveal his vaccination status.

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Nick Kyrgios feels it would be a ‘disaster’ if none of them competes at the first Grand Slam of 2022. However, on the brighter side, he believes it would establish a great opportunity for all the young players.

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Nick Kyrgios believes fans will miss Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

The Australian Open 2022 is drawing closer and fans are hoping to see their favorite player compete at the hardcourts of Melbourne. Recently, Nick Kyrgios quoted on the availability of The Big Three. Roger Federer has already pulled out, Rafael Nadal tested positive a few days ago, and Novak Djokovic is yet to confirm his participation at the Happy Slam.

Nick Kyrgios said, “ I hope he’s (Djokovic) had a good Christmas and I hope he’s able to play in the sport for as long as possible because I’ve voiced before I think Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic need to be (playing). If all three aren’t there, it’s a disaster.”

According to Kyrgios, it would be an absolute “disaster for fans”, if The Big Three isn’t playing at Melbourne Park. All the fans across the country are extremely excited for the highly anticipated Australian Open 2022.

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Good opportunity for younger guys says Kyrgios

If none of The Big Three is playing at the Australian Open, it would surely create a handful of opportunities for the upcoming stars. Nick Kyrgios stated, ” Yes, it’s obviously a good opportunity for some of the younger guys to come through and make an impact but, as a whole, we do need them to be part of the sport.”

Sep 26, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Team Europe with the Laver Cup. Standing: Thomas Enqvist, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud. Front row: Feliciano Lopez, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Richard Cashin-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Three have dominated the Grand Slam events for the last 17-18 years. However, the supremacy is now facing stiff competition from the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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