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The COVID pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine combined to make 2022 one of the most controversial years in tennis.
The unexpected news is consistent with the restless spirit of an athlete who has always looked far beyond the tennis court’s baseline.
Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios are both known for being true to themselves. This is what sport needs more of – personalities who chart their own course.
Dylan Alcott, wheelchair tennis star and leading advocate for people with a disability, is the 2022 Australian of the Year.
The ruling could justify the future visa cancellation of any individual who is seen as a ‘role model’ and who may be perceived as causing social unrest.
With his Australian visa now cancelled for a second time, the tennis star will likely not be able to chase history at his most successful Grand Slam tournament.
The government has been anxious to ensure a second visa cancellation could withstand a fresh challenge from Djokovic’s lawyers.
Djokovic addressed what he said was “continuing misinformation”, confirming he fulfilled a commitment for an interview and photoshoot after testing positive for COVID.
Asked whether he had travelled, or would travel, in the 14 days prior to his flight to Australia, Djokovic’s form said no.
Turning Serbia’s national hero into Australia’s national villain has been harder than the government thought. It’s an own goal for the latest “operation sovereign borders” chapter.
The tennis star was granted a reprieve on procedural grounds, but it left the larger question of his entitlement to a medical exemption from vaccination unanswered.
Throughout the pandemic, sporting organisations have proven they can organise large-scale events in a safe and responsible way, without mandated vaccines for athletes.
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With the Australian Open about to start this year’s grand slam series, a crunch of the data from past performances gives a hint at who is the current best male player, possibly.
In contrast to other states after a positive case in a hotel quarantine worker, Victoria isn’t locking down. But the response is sensible and proportionate – we’re well positioned to manage this outbreak.
Novak Djokovic was one of the lucky ones, sitting out quarantine in Adelaide and with greater freedom to train than tennis players isolating in Melbourne.
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Nobody likes a whinger. But when you’re used to having an entourage, and being feted around the world, things can get tough when you don’t get your own way.
Research shows that when professional players rise to No. 1 in the world rankings, it often coincides with the broader development of tennis talent in their home countries.
Margaret Court has used her platform in the sport to vilify LGBT+ people and many fans believe her name should be stripped from the arena at the Australian Open grounds.
Tennis Australia has faced criticism for its decision to celebrate Court’s career next week. But at the same time, it’s boosting its efforts at inclusivity with events like this year’s Glam Slam.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still the top three players in the men’s game, despite the fact they have a combined age of 104.8 years.
Since 2003, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have combined to win 55 of the 68 Grand Slams that have been played. Is this the year for a new player to break through?
Wozniacki struggled with unexplained symptoms before being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.
About one in 100 people have rheumatoid arthritis, a painful condition of the joints where the body mistakenly attacks itself.
When friction between shoe and surface is high, so is the injury rate. That’s where sliding comes in.
At this year’s Australian Open you’ll see players moving sideways on the Plexicushion surface – which is specially designed to allow players to slide. It’s safer for the players and fun to watch.