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Australian Open 2022: These starts will be missed in the first Grand Slam of the year

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Federer, Serena and Bianca Andreescu

There is only some time left for the start of the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. Tennis fans are eagerly waiting for the first Grand Slam of the season starting from 17 January 2022. As always, once again many big stars will give each hand to win the first Grand Slam of the year. On one hand, while world number-1 tennis player Novak Djokovic will be eyeing to create history by winning the first Grand Slam of the year, players like Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev will become the biggest obstacle in Djokovic’s path. Between Djokovic’s fine forehand and Nadal’s signature top spin shot, what the spectators will miss is the absence of many legendary players in the tournament. Several star players including Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem have decided to pull out of the tournament for different reasons.

These 5 big tennis stars will not be a part of Australian Open 2022r:

1.Roger Federer

20-time Grand Slam champion and six-time Australian Open winner Roger Federer will miss the Australian Open for the second year in a row. Federer, ranked 16th in the ATP rankings, himself informed the Swiss publication Le Matin about this. Federer has been troubled by a knee injury since the semi-final loss of the 2020 Australian Open. The 40-year-old Federer has been able to take part in only 5 major tournaments since the 2020 Australian Open. Federer has not returned to the court since his quarter-final loss at Wimbledon last year.

Roger Federer

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Roger Federer

2.Serena Williams
23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will not be a part of the first Grand Slam Australian Open of the year. Serena, who is ranked 41st in the WTA rankings and seven-time Australian Open winner, issued a statement saying that she is not physically fit to participate in the tournament. Serena has been out of court for the last 6 months. 40-year-old veteran American tennis player Serena won the 23rd Grand Slam of her career in the 2017 Australian Open. Since then, she has not been able to win any other Grand Slam title. Let us tell you that Serena, who is struggling with fitness problems, will win another Grand Slam title as well as equal Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slam titles.

3.Dominic Thiem
2021 Australian Open runner-up Dominic Thiem will also not be a part of this time’s Australian Open. Thiem is recovering from a wrist injury due to which he will miss this year’s Australian Open tennis tournament. The 28-year-old Austrian has not returned to the tennis court since June. The world number 15 did not even defend his title at the US Open in September due to injury.

4.Carolina Pliskova
World number four Karolina Pliskova will miss this year’s Australian Open due to a hand injury. Pliskova suffered a hand injury during practice after which she decided to pull out of the tournament. The 29-year-old Pliskova had her best performance in this tournament in the year 2019 when she completed her journey to the semi-finals.

5. Bianca Andreescu
Bianca Andrescu, who has been battling injury for the last two years, has decided to withdraw from the first Grand Slam of the year. The 2019 US Open champion Andreescu was completely out of the 2020 season due to injury. The former world number-4 tennis player has slipped to 46th place in the WTA rankings.

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