Australian Open 2022 - Is Novak Djokovic playing? When's the draw? What's the schedule? Is Emma Raducanu playing?
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If Djokovic does play the first Grand Slam of the year he will do so without competing in any warm-up events and with less than time than expected on the practice courts.
The two biggest names missing from the men’s side are Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem.
Federer is recovering from a third knee surgery and has said he may not even be back in time for Wimbledon, when he will be approaching his 41st birthday.
Thiem looked on track to play in Melbourne after a wrist injury but has opted to spend more time on the practice courts and will instead return competitively for the first time in six months on clay later in January. The 2020 US Open champion pulled out of the Mubadala Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi and then withdrew from Australian Open warm-up events scheduled for early this month.
Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is also out as he recovers from foot surgery. Wawrinka, who won the first of his three majors in Melbourne in 2014, has not played since March 2021.
Also missing are Milos Raonic, Guido Pella, Jeremy Chardy, Kyle Edmund, Aljaz Bedene and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Roger Federer célèbre sa victoire contre Marton Fucsovics en 8e de finale de l'Open d'Australie, le 26 janvier 2020 à Melbourne.
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Former world No 3 Raonic has slipped down the rankings in the last few years and is out with a heel injury. British No 3 Edmund underwent knee surgery last summer and pulled out of the Battle of the Brits event recently. He has not played a competitive match since October 2020. Herbert has opted not to compete in Australia due to the vaccination rules.
On the women’s side, there will be no Serena or Venus Williams for the first time since 1997.
Venus Williams has not played since August due to a leg injury and, now ranked No 318 in the world, would have needed a wild card to enter the tournament. Serena Williams, who won her most recent Grand Slam title in Melbourne in 2017, has been out of action since withdrawing from her first-round match at Wimbledon with injury.
"While this is never an easy decision to make, I am not where I need to be physically to compete,” Serena said in December.
“Melbourne is one of my favourite cities to visit and I look forward to playing at the Australian Open every year. I will miss seeing the fans, but am excited to return and compete at my highest level.”
Serena Williams made the last four of the 2021 Australian Open and two of the other semi-finalists are also out. Fellow American Jennifer Brady, who lost in the final to Naomi Osaka, has withdrawn due to a foot injury and Karolina Muchova is also not playing.
Osaka returned from a five-month break to play at the Melbourne Summer Set 1 and is set to defend her women's title.
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Andy Murray is going to play the Australian Open for the first time since 2019 after getting a wild card. Murray is a five-time finalist at the tournament and is set to finalise his preparations at an ATP 250 event in Sydney.
Emma Raducanu withdrew from a warm-up event after testing positive for Covid-19 last month but is joining Murray in playing in Sydney before competing at the Australian Open for the first time.
Rafael Nadal made an impressive return to action after five months away as he won the Melbourne Summer Set. Nadal, 35, has been battling a foot problem and tested positive for Covid-19 recently, but will feature at the Australian Open.