Tournament Director Releases Good News on Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams Ahead of Australian Open 2022

Published 11/20/2021, 12:29 AM EST


The preparations for the Australian Open 2020 have officially started. With no crowd-caps, the tournament will witness a lot of tennis fans from across Australia. Just ahead of the mega-event, Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open has confirmed the participation of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.

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Nadal and Williams have been away from the Tours due to their injuries in recent months. The director is hoping to have an exciting Australian Open, as they hope for a noteworthy opening to the 2022 season.

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Australian Open director confirms the participation of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams

We are just a few months away from the spectacular Australian Open 2022 and preparations have officially kicked off. Recently, on the launch day of the event, the CEO of Tennis Australia and Australian Open director Craig Tiley released some thrilling news.

On crowd capacity, he said, “We are gonna have 100% crowds and we gonna welcome people again across Victoria across Australia to what’s gonna be a magnificent Australian Open.”

“We have got three men players on 20 Grand Slams, we have No. 1 player in the world, Ash who’s had a magnificent year winning Wimbledon. And then of course all the up-and-coming young players are gonna be here,” Tiley added.

PARIS, FRANCE May 29. Serena Williams of the United States leaves trying as Rafael Nadal of Spain arrives for his training session on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 29th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Moreover, Craig also confirmed the participation of two big players, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. He said, “On top of that, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, the list goes on so. Our intention is to bring Australia back in a big way and it’s gonna be an exciting summer.”

It seems like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have recovered from their respective injuries and will be match-fit by the time Australian Open rolls around.

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Roger Federer pulls out, Novak Djokovic still uncertain

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer has unfortunately pulled out from the Australian Open 2022. The Swiss has taken this decision as he’s still recovering from his knee injury. Federer last competed at the Wimbledon 2021, where he reached the quarter-finals of the competition.

2019 US Open Tennis Tournament- Day Nine. Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the Men’s Singles Quarter-Finals match on Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2019 US Open Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3rd, 2019 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

On the other hand, Novak Djokovic still hasn’t confirmed his participation at the ‘Happy Slam’. The Serb has had tremendous success at Melbourne Park, winning it a remarkable nine times. With the tournament approaching quickly, he’ll be looking forward to announcing his decision.

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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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