The 2022 season is almost here with players arriving in Australia for the Australian summer swing. After a fortnight of tuning up, players will travel to Melbourne Park for the all important Australian Open. Unfortunately, 2020 French Open semifinalist and current World No.84 Nadia Podoroska has withdrawn from the 2022 Australian Open.
Podoroska revealed that she still hasn’t recovered from her injuries that she carried throughout the last season. In her statement, she added that she won’t compete until March and will assess her situation after that.
“I am sorry to announce my withdrawal from Australian Open due to the physical problems that I struggled with throughout this last season,” she said. “Although in this time I learned to coexist and compete with pain, the recovery process to heal my body definitely takes more time. That is why together with my Tennis team we decided not to compete again until March 2022.”
The Argentine said that she’s leaving for Alicante for her treatment and will continue with rehab. “At the moment I am leaving for Alicante, where I will continue with my rehabilitation to be 100% again when the time comes to return to the field. I feel fine, accompanied by the people I love and by a team of professionals who seek the best for my career and my health. Thanks to each of those people and to you for always being with me,” she concluded.
Many big names to miss the Australian Open
Tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams have already pulled out of the 2022 Australian Open due to injuries. Serena suffered a keg injury during Wimbledon and she’s still recovering from that while Federer is recovering from a knee surgery that he underwent in August.
Apart from them, Rafael Nadal too tested positive for COVID a few days back and hence is in isolation. He will miss the tune up tournaments ahead of Australian Open and is doubtful for the megaevent itself too. As for defending champion Novak Djokovic, his vaccination status is still unknown and it looks likely that he’ll miss the Australian Open too.
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