The Australian Open begins tomorrow in Melbourne, however the 12 months’s first Grand Slam is being buffeted by an unusually lengthy checklist of gamers who’re nursing all kinds of accidents.
Some key gamers, equivalent to defending champion Serena Williams and former champion, Andy Murray have already withdrawn. Murray is recuperating after a hip surgical procedure in Melbourne. Serena mentioned she is but to regain her full aggressive energy since her baby beginning final September.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka can be out as she faces a custody battle along with her former companion in California.
Here is a rundown of the gamers who’ve been struggling within the lead-up to the Melbourne showdown:
– Novak Djokovic –
Six-time Melbourne champion has been sidelined since Wimbledon in July with a proper elbow damage. Admits it’s nonetheless not 100 %, however at a degree the place he can play. Appeared on the Kooyong exhibition match final week.
– Rafael Nadal –
A knee damage compelled the Spanish world primary out of the warm-up Brisbane International, however he mentioned Saturday he “feels good” after intensive follow periods in Melbourne.
– Stan Wawrinka –
The 2014 champion and his staff solely made the choice to play the Australian Open on Saturday as he returns from two operations on a knee cartilage damage. Said the knee was holding up properly however he was nonetheless feeling ache.
– Milos Raonic –
Calf and wrist issues stored the tall Canadian out of motion since final October. Played the Brisbane International, however was bundled out by a wildcard.
– Nick Kyrgios –
Leg was strapped on the Brisbane occasion which he mentioned associated to fluid on the again of his left knee. It didn’t appear to bother Australia’s large hope, who received the match.
– Jack Sock –
The American retired from a match on the Hopman Cup with an injured hip, however returned two days later when he misplaced to Roger Federer.
– Dominic Thiem –
The Austrian world quantity 5 pulled out of the warm-up Qatar Open simply hours earlier than his semi-final with flu and a fever. The similar challenge compelled him out of a scheduled match on the Kooyong Classic final week.
– Jo-Wilfried Tsonga –
The 2008 Australian Open runner-up withdrew from the Qatar Open earlier than it began with a wrist damage.
– Garbine Muguruza –
World quantity three retired from Brisbane after collapsing with extreme leg cramps. Also pulled out of the Sydney International final week with a thigh damage, however mentioned it had responded properly to therapy.
– Sloane Stephens –
The US Open champion withdrew from Brisbane to relaxation a hard knee and was knocked out of Sydney within the first spherical. Insisted the knee was now “all good”.
– Johanna Konta –
A semi-finalist in Melbourne two years in the past, the Briton’s Brisbane marketing campaign ended early when she retired with a proper hip damage. Was bundled out of the Sydney International within the first spherical however mentioned this week “so far, so good” on the damage.
– Caroline Garcia –
The rising French star retired in tears from Brisbane with a again damage within the opening spherical, saying she might barely transfer.
– Petra Kvitova –
The two-time Wimbledon champion pulled out of Brisbane with a viral sickness and was knocked out of Sydney in spherical two. She missed final 12 months’s Australian Open after being attacked with a knife close to her Czech house.
– Julia Goerges –
The German, ranked 12, withdrew from the Sydney International simply hours after beating Caroline Wozniacki to win the warm-up Auckland Classic, citing a proper knee damage.
– Eugenie Bouchard –
The Canadian misplaced all three matches on the Hopman Cup and was eradicated within the first spherical at Hobart, however mentioned a buttock damage suffered in Perth was now positive.