The three-time Grand Slamwinner Stan Wawrinka is back. After a breathing break of more than a year, the Swiss on Tuesday on the small stage of the Challenger tournament in Marbella celebrated his comeback.
From his best form, however, the 37-year-old is still miles away. Wawrinka defeated the Sweden Elias Ymer 2: 6, 4: 6. Later in the day, even ex-US Open Champion Dominic Thiem should celebrate his return on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
Wawrinka, ranked 232 of the world, had had to undergo two foot operations last year and at the beginning of March 2021 denied his until date. Then there were “many difficult moments,” said Wawrinka of the newspaper le Matin, also doubts about his return. His foot had become better over the past few weeks.
Thiem suffered a wrist infringement at Reamernier in Mallorca last June and has not played a match since. “It was a very, very hard time for me,” said the 28-year-old last over the long forced break: “I know it will take a long time to come back to the top level.”
Wawrinka fought between 2014 and 2016 its titles at the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. In New York, Thiem 2020, with the scarce final win over Alexander Zverev managed his biggest success, then he fell into a mental “hole” and spoke of a “certain emptiness”. Subsequently, the injury took him, Thiem moved his comeback again and again.
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He is a world ranking list 50. Top position at the Andalucia Open, which are allowed to look forward to a strong number of participants with the beginning of the sandplatz season. Also Routinian Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) and Yannick Hanfmann (Karlsruhe) are at the start.
The 20-color Grand SLAM tournament winner Novak Djokovic wants to compete with the Australian Open with an exception. This announced the world ranking first on Tuesday. All a Happy New Year, wrote the 34-year-old Serb on Instagram: I spent a fantastic time with my loved ones in the break and today travel to Down Under. Let’s Go 2022 !!.
Almost two weeks before the start of the first grand slam tournament of the tennis season, the monthly speculation ends with the participation of the top star. The Australian Open in Melbourne start on January 17th. Only players and players who are vaccinated against the coronavirus or have received a medical exemption permit may participate.
Why is the Joker an exception?
The finial Melbourne winner Djokovic had always left his vaccination status openly. On his actually announced start at the currently running ATP Cup — the Team vent, which serves as a preparation — he had waived shortly.
With its announcement, the TopS tar now raises new questions: Why does he be an exception? Why do the organizers enable him — apparently as potentially unaffected — the chance of defending the title? We would like to see Novak lovingly here, but he knows he must be vaccinated to play, said tournament director Craig Tiles still said in November.
Federer pauses — Naval and Zeal there
Djokovic will try in Melbourne to decide the Australian Open for the tenth time. With his 21st Grand Slam title he would rise to the sole record holder. At the moment he shares the top mark with his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Naval.
The Swiss Federer is still pausing due to his knee problems, the Spaniard Naval wants to compete for a positive Corona test just before Christmas at the Australian Open. For the first sporty tennis highlight of the season, the Hamburger Alexander Zeal has also set the title.
The perfect seasonal conclusion reinforced Alexander Zeals longing for the first Grand Slam title. Holiday Raze adopted the 24-year-old after the largest triumph this year next to the Olympic gold medal on the Maldives. But before he rose to the plane on Monday from Milan, he had no doubt about his tennis targets for 2022. Finally, the time should be ripe for one of the tournament victories with the highest value. Ill do anything for it, VERY was clear after the second victory with the ATP finals of the best professionals of the year. He will work as much as possible, tearing the ass that happens.
In the Turin multi-purpose hall Paley Auditor he had the number one in the world remembered from the German point of view, the 20-fold Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic, and then in the final on Sunday surprisingly confident with 6: 4, 6 : 4 The number two of the world, Daniel Mercedes defeated.
Attack on place 1
Zeal immediately spoiled, Zeal still spoke on the blue hard room of attacking the top of the world ranking next year. Of course, I also have the goal, said the hamburger also with two hours distance, but gave ways: You have to say, Novak was dominant. And the residue to place one is far.
His dogs overjoyed after his triumph his dogs and went around with brother Misc ha and the trophy. In the evening, the fan of Pizza drove with ham and mushrooms to Milan. The Tennis Icons Boris Becker and Rod Laver, the team around Djokovic and Bavaria Profit Thomas Müller congratulated congratulations. His girlfriend Sophia Thomas, who was not in the hall, sent a message about social media: Without a cup, I would not have left him at home!, The eight years of older actress, presenter and businesswoman with a tear laughing Smiley.
The fresh love is just as part of Zeals annual review as the six tracks that none of its competitors has reached. In March, ex-girlfriend Brenda Patel Zeals first daughter brought to the world. This has privately shaped his year as the step of being represented by his brother as a manager. Furthermore, the fierce violence allegations of his ex-girlfriend Olga Scharipowa complicate his career. VERY has denied the allegations vehemently. Meanwhile, the professional organization determines ATP. A conclusion of the investigations is off. The turbulence away from the square did not have a sporty away from his way.
Tokyo and Turin as highlights — the Grand Slams are missing
More than November 21 in Turin, his second success of the ATP Finals after 2018, the 1st of August will remain in memory when Zeal chips to the first German Olympic champion in Mens Single. But that also shows that the pictures that stick to this undoubtedly successful year just did not play at the Grand Slam tournaments. What still is missing are achievements as in Turin and Tokyo, even if it goes over three winning rates. Then in the statistics at VERY, which violates victories against top ten players: still a zero.
Naval? Federer? The big opponent is called Djokovic
Rafael Naval is an unknown after his injury break, the comeback by Roger Federer will be long in coming, but the 34-year-old Djokovic will first remain the petavolt on great titles. He definitely can win a Grand Slam because its just obvious. But he is not the only one. Thats where its difficult, said Mercedes about Zeal.
On a use in the Davis Cup from the end of the week in Innsbruck, VERY waives in favor of recreation. In the calendar is the 19th of December, where the most successful German title collector in the mens tennis behind Boris Becker in Baden-Baden is a candidate for the election to the athlete of the year.
Yearning for major titles
His first tournament denies the hamburger at the ATP Cup. The first Grand Slam title will be awarded from the Australian Open from mid-January. A victory in Melbourne, Paris, Wimbledon or New York — that drives him and his team. For this goal, the family tennis professional might already complete the next fitness unit on Wednesday, he had suggested.
First, Alexander Zeal announced for the vacation, We will make a lot of nonsense, I think, in the next few days. Nothing dangerous, do not worry.