Tennis news roundup including Novak Djokovic and Emma Raducanu
Tennis News ‘Second Service’: Djokovic tells Australian Open he won’t push for visa ban to be lifted, Raducanu part ways with coach Tursunov
Looking back on big tennis news in our exclusive ‘Second Service’… Novak Djokovic has learned that the Australian Open will not push for his visa ban to be lifted as Emma Raducanu part ways with Dmitry Tursunov picking to work with a former coach of Andy Murray, more more…
To start this roundup of tennis news, Novak Djokovic is far from certain to return to the Australian Open next year, with Craig Tiley saying the tournament won’t be lobbying on his behalf.
Djokovic was at the center of a political storm in Melbourne this year as he was sensationally sent off over his views on vaccination. The deportation means he has also been banned for three years from receiving a visa to enter the country, and he is seeking to have it waived to allow him to compete next year.
He himself seemed confident that would happen, and tournament director Tiley said last week that they were “on track” to have a full roster again in 2023. However, Tiley reflects now the position of the US Open saying they won’t. get involved in the process and simply accept the government’s decision instead.
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In other tennis news, Emma Raducanu is reportedly no longer working with Dmitry Tursunov after being with the coach this summer.
The 2021 US Open champion was joined by the Russian at the US Open and in Ostrava. Both events saw her lose in the first round, to Alizé Cornet in New York and Daria Kasatkina in the Czech Republic. Reports suggest that Tursonov will join an as-yet-unknown WTA rival, with the partnership starting as early as next week.
Additionally, Raducanu is apparently now working with fitness trainer Jez Green. Green worked with Andy Murray from 2007 to 2014. He has also worked with Alexander Zverev and 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem.
Raducanu is said to have enlisted Green until the end of 2022, with the option of extending their arrangement until 2023.
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Additionally, Iga Swiatek is ready and eager to compete at the San Diego Open despite a marathon Atlantic final in Ostrava on Sunday.
The world number one starts the WTA 500 event against French Open foe Zheng Qinwen upon her return to North America from Europe. Swiatek reached the final of the Ostrava Open in the Czech Republic last week. There she lost to local favorite Barbora Krejcikova in a three hour and 16 minute match.
“Even though I played two really long games there, I feel pretty good physically,” Swiatek said ahead of San Diego. “The thing is right now I feel fresher because I had more free time after the US Open.
“So coming into Ostrava, I knew I could give it my all and do it all. It’s not that bad. It’s the ‘good’ jet lag, which comes this way.
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To conclude, the Australian Open 2023 will welcome players from Russia and Belarus to compete in January, in accordance with the decision of the French Open and the US Open this year.
Craig Tiley, head of Tennis Australia and Australian Open tournament director, has suggested that athletes from both countries will be allowed to play the tournament from January 16 next year. However, he clarified that Tennis Australia will adhere to the restrictions imposed by the ATP and WTA so far in 2022 regarding representation.
“At this point Russian and Belarusian players will be eligible to play at the Australian Open,” he said. “The only difference will be that they cannot represent Russia. They cannot represent the flag of Russia.
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