MELBOURNE (Reuters) – With Roger Federer already dominated out of the Australian Open it would be a “disaster” if Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal don’t flip up for the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months, Nick Kyrgios mentioned, including that the game wants the ‘Big Three’ to proceed taking part in.
Nadal, Federer and world primary Djokovic are tied on a males’s report 20 Grand Slam singles titles however there’s a chance that none of them will be in motion at Melbourne Park when the primary main of 2022 kicks off on Jan. 17.
Federer, 40, has already pulled out after present process a number of knee surgical procedures whereas Spaniard Nadal has not confirmed his participation as he recovers from COVID-19.
With organisers mandating all gamers and contributors should be vaccinated or have a medical exemption granted by an impartial panel of consultants, Djokovic has saved everybody guessing by repeatedly declining to say if he has been innoculated towards COVID-19.
The Serb has mentioned he’s “against vaccination” and Australian Kyrgios, a former world quantity 13, instructed Melbourne newspaper The Age that whereas he didn’t know what Djokovic’s scenario is, tennis wants him on the court docket.
“I hope he is had Christmas and I hope he is capable of play within the sport for so long as doable, as a result of I’ve voiced earlier than I feel Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have to be (taking part in),” Kyrgios mentioned.
“If all three aren’t there, it is a disaster. It’s an absolute disaster for the followers and the folks that take pleasure in tennis.
“Yes, it is clearly alternative for a few of the youthful guys to return by means of and make an affect however, as an entire, we do want them to be a part of the game.”
The Australian Open has been hit by a sequence of harm pullouts, with main winners Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem all lacking out.
Kyrgios, a crowd favorite at Melbourbe Park, has not performed since late September attributable to knee issues, slipping to 93rd within the rankings, which dominated him out of competition for the Australian crew for the season-opening ATP Cup in Sydney.
The 26-year-old will start his 2022 season at an ATP 250 occasion in Melbourne subsequent week and was on Wednesday handed a wild card for the Sydney Tennis Classic the next week.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Peter Rutherford)