Good news for tennis. Various reports indicate that Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams and should be ready for the Australian Open. And Roger Federer could be there, too.
Nadal, who like Serena and Federer also shut his season down early, is already committed to the Abu Dhabi exhibition at the start of the year. So he’s on track to return from a foot injury.
Serena and Federer both suffered injuries at Wimbledon and neither have played since.
Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show on Thursday, Serena revealed that her hamstring is better and the 40-year-old plans on playing in Melbourne.
“The hamstring is better,” said Serena. “It took a long time. It took forever, but it’s much better now.”
Federer, also 40, has been out with continued right knee issues, and there’s little information on how things are going. But yesterday Darren Cahill announced that he’s playing during a radio interview.
“Roger is apparently playing, I know he’s doing a lot of work on the court at the moment and we’re pretty sure he’s going to come down to play the Australian Open.”
But Cahill has since backtracked on that statement.
“So I rechecked with my contact at TA and we got our wires mixed. My wording should’ve been that he’s working hard and doing everything possible to play the AO. So, my bad if I’ve jumped the gun. Sorry Fed fans. But like everyone, hoping he makes it to the AO.”
The tournament has yet to officially announce it’s plans on handling the quarantine. And that could play a role in attendance.
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