Rafael Nadal demonstrated last year that “seasoned champions” simply cannot be written out as title contenders, according to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley. Tiley spoke to the media this week about the 2023 Australian Open.
Nadal reached the final at Melbourne Park earlier this year despite playing in just one tournament throughout the second half of the 2021 season. “History demonstrates that you shouldn’t dismiss seasoned champions too fast.
This was demonstrated by Nadal this year, as well as Roger Federer and Serena Williams in the past. The players Medvedev, Djokovic, Zverev, Tsitsipas, Murray, and Thiem have all demonstrated a liking for Melbourne Park performances “As reported by Sportskeeda, Tiley.
Novak Djokovic is someone Tiley wants to see at the Australian Open.
Djokovic, who was barred from entering the country for three years after being expelled from Australia, is hoping to get his ban lifted soon. If Djokovic wants to have his ban lifted, Tiley suggested he work with the authorities directly.
“Novak’s issue is a direct one between him and the federal government. After they have resolved the issue, we will obey any further instructions. We cannot advocate on its behalf. The subject will remain strictly private between the two of them, and depending on the resolution, we will either welcome him to the Australian Open or not “Regarding Djokovic‘s attendance at Melbourne Park, Tiley stated.
Additionally, Tiley affirmed that players from Russia and Belarus will be permitted to compete at Melbourne Park in January. Russian and Belarusian athletes will now be permitted to compete in the Australian Open. The only distinction will be that they are unable to represent Russia or the Russian flag.
They must play as independent players with a neutral name and are prohibited from taking part in any activity, including singing the Russian national anthem. However, they are welcome to attend the Australian Open in January “said Tiley.