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The tennis season got off to a dramatic start, with the first day of the ATP Cup. Players representing countries across the world battled for the year's inaugural title.

Teams Poland, Norway, Greece, Serbia, Spain and Argentina all claimed victories in the group stage. Filip Krajinović made an impressive display against Viktor Durasovic, dominating at the net and taking balls on the rise for powerful shots. Roberto Bautista Agut demolished Cristian Garín with a 6-0, 6-3 score. The Spaniard crushed his forehand to hit winners, leaving Garín no chance to stay in the rally.

In an unexpected twist for team Greece, Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from his singles clash against Hubert Hurkacz because of an elbow injury. Tsitsipas later tested his arm out in a doubles match against Poland, which he won with countryman Michail Pervolarakis in a straight-set match.

ATP Cup Day 1 Highlights

ATP Cup Day 2 Highlights

Djokovic is Rumoured to be Denied Chance for 10th AO Crown

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A report from the Serbian media suggests Novak Djokovic has been blocked from competing in the 2022 Australian Open by local officials. The 9-time champion of the event has reportedly been denied the chance to travel and enter the draw at Melbourne Park because the Australian authorities denied his request for a medical exemption. The Victorian government has mandated that all players be vaccinated to enter the tournament.

Djokovic has also withdrawn from the Serbian ATP Cup team. Djokovic’s vaccination status has remained a secret. Still, despite the reports, Djokovic has since been spotted practising in Marbella with Australian Open balls and tournament director Craig Tiley there is still ‘quite a bit to play out'.

As far as the status relates to Novak, I think we'll have a much clearer picture in the coming days otherwise it's getting pretty late to show up and play the Australian Open Craig Tiley

Nadal Ends Fears For AO Appearance

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Nadal’s participation in the Australian Open was brought into doubt after testing positive for Covid-19, following a December exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. But last night, Nadal took to Instagram to reassure fans that he had arrived in Melbourne and was ready to compete.

Djokovic’s likely absence from the tournament means Nadal could have a clearer run at winning the Open and be the first man in history to reach 21 major titles.

Significant threats still loom. Alexander Zverev’s impressive hard-court game (which cruised him to victory in the 2021 ATP finals) and Daniil Medvedev’s aggressive, flat style will likely prove effective at the tournament and could be too much for Nadal.

Federer Updates

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Roger Federer will not be competing in the ATP Cup or the Open. With rehabilitation and recovery after his 2021 Wimbledon defeat still underway, Federer has given public insight into his time-off. 

After being accompanied by a pair of crutches at the Laver Cup, Federer now seems fully mobile in a pedestrian way, posting a photo with South African Rugby team captain Siya Kolisi as they toured the streets of Zürich.

Though there has been much speculation about how and when Federer will return, the proof will be in the pudding when we actually witness Roger back on the court and see how well he performs.

Key Dates for January

ATP Cup

1 January – 9 January

Adelaide International Series

3 January – 15 January

Melbourne Summer Set

4 January – 9 January

Sydney Tennis Classic

10 January – 15 January

Australian Open

17 January – 30 January

Cordoba Open

31 January – 6 February

Open Sud de France

31 January – 6 February

Tata Open

31 January – 6 February

Alex Nulliah

My name is Alex Nulliah and I am a freelance writer from Bath. I enjoy writing about tennis, International Relations and anything else which takes my interest. At Exeter University I took a BA in History and an MA in Applied Security Strategy. I love playing tennis.

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