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1997 US Open finalist Greg Rusedski has no doubt that Novak Djokovic would have won this year’s Australian Open if he was allowed to compete at Melbourne Park. Djokovic, 35, is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he was hoping to win a fourth consecutive Australian Open title in 2022.

But instead of celebrating another triumph at the Australian Open, Djokovic was deported from Australia – something that took him months to mentally recover from. In the absence of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal made it all the way at the Australian Open.

Rusedski: No question Djokovic would have won the Australian Open

“No question about it. He would’ve won it this year if he was allowed to play. He’s won it nine times, that’s his best Slam. There’s no question about it.

Djokovic is just a step up, he’s just a world class player, he’s got all the assets, he’s got everything you need,” Rusedski said on Amazon Prime Video, as quoted on Sportskeeda. Last week, Djokovic was informed by the Australian government that his three-year ban from entering the country was rescinded.

With that being said, Djokovic is allowed to return to Australia in January and compete for a record 10th Australian Open title. “In terms of your next question related to Australia, yes I received the news yesterday morning and I was very, very happy to hear that news.

It has been a tough year with everything that happened, obviously, in Australia for me and for the people who are close in my life. This came as a great new year present, I think, and I am looking forward to going to Australia and hopefully having another successful Australian Open, that has been historically my most successful Grand Slam.

I had some of my best memories on that court. Hopefully, I can make more positive memories there,” Djokovic told Eurosport last week. It remains to be seen if Djokovic can win his 22nd Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

Agent Sebastian Lopez has confirmed that there is a club from England who are monitoring any developments with the future of Racing Club midfielder Carlos Alcaraz.

The 19-year-old has established himself as one of the top prospects in Argentine football, already making a total of 83 appearances for Racing Club.

Alcaraz, who features in the centre of the pitch, has contributed 12 goals and six assists, while he has 12 outings in continental football to his name.
Possessing a contract until 2026, Alcaraz could theoretically remain at his current team in the long term, but he is allegedly generating widespread interest in Europe.

A recent report from Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Porto were both admirers of the youngster.

inter Milan were also credited with an interest in Alcaraz, despite his lack of international experience at any level with his country, and Lopez has decided to elaborate on his future in the Italian press.

Speaking to Tuttosport, Lopez has acknowledged that clubs from the Premier League and Primeira Liga have made contact regarding a potential deal, as well as openly speaking about a possible switch to San Siro.

Lopez said: “We have an option from England and another from Portugal, but neither Inter or Milan have had their directors contact me in the last few hours.

“The clubs we have spoken to are at a high level. Inter and Milan would be great destinations for him.

“The Nerazzurri, perhaps given that they’ve had history with [Diego] Milito and now Lautaro [Martinez], are particularly interested in Carlos.”

Lopez also added that any clubs looking to finalise a transfer would be able to do so “for around €15 million (£13m)”, potentially lower depending on whether a percentage of any future sale is included.

With regards to Wolves, newly-appointed head coach Lopetegui has already admitted that he would like to make a number of additions at the turn of the year.

ATP Rankings: Tennis world rankings 2022 – Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal end the year first and second in the ATP rankings,…
ATP Rankings: Tennis world rankings 2022 – Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal end the year first and second in
the ATP rankings, the first time Spain has had the top two in the final standings. The Spanish duo captured three of the four Grand Slam titles. Teenager Alcaraz won the US Open and Nadal took the Australian and French crowns. Follow ATP Rankings 2022

Nadal will enter 2023 seeking to add to his record 22 Grand Slam titles though hotly pursued by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who is just one behind his great rival. The 35-year-old Serbian finished the year fifth in the rankings but ended with a flourish beating Norway’s Casper Ruud to win a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals trophy.

Ruud finishes the year third — displacing Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas — after a highly successful, if frustrating campaign, in which he reached the French and US Open finals.

Final rankings (Players representing Russia and Belarus are banned from competing under the name or flag of their countries):

1. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6820
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6020
3. Casper Ruud (NOR) 5820 (+1)
4. Stefanos Tsitsipas GRE) 5550 (-1)
5. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4820 (+3)
6. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 4195
7. Daniil Medvedev 4065 (-2)
8. Andrey Rublev 3930 (-1)
9. Taylor Fritz (USA) 3355
10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 2905 (+1)
11. Holger Rune (DEN) 2888 (-1)
12. Alexander Zverev (GER) 2700
13. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2495
14. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 2445
15. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 2410
16. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2375
17. Marin Cilic (CRO) 2105
18. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2075
19. Frances Tiafoe (USA) 2000
20. Karen Khachanov 1990

British tennis star Emma Raducanu paid a recent visit to the Bromley Tennis Centre, where she was a special guest at an event to promote well-being in sports.

The event also saw the presence of LTA Councilor Jonathon Dawes, Deputy President of the LTA Sandi Procter, and MP Helen Grant.
Grant later took to Twitter to post a picture alongside Raducanu and Procter at the event.

“Great to visit @tennisBTC to join @Jonathon_Dawes promoting well being in sport with students from @KingsCollegeLon. And Wow!! to meet special surprise guest @EmmaRaducanu with @procter_sandi from @the_LTA – both of them amazing 🇬🇧 role models for #womeninsport,” Grant wrote.

There was no aura of diva or superstar about her” – former coach Dmitry Tursunov on Emma Raducanu
Tennis coach Dmitry Tursunov had a brief association with Emma Raducanu, which began after her second-round exit at Wimbledon and lasted until a month after the US Open.

In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Tursunov spoke about his time with Raducanu, emphasizing that she was extremely professional and hard-working. he added that the teenager had “no aura of diva or superstar about her.”

“Honestly, I did not see or feel that there were lots of outside things going on. From the time that we started, Emma just really had her nose to the ground. She was very hard working and did not see her skip a lot of things. There was no aura of diva or superstar about her and I think she has been managing that part very well,” Tursunov said. “I was super impressed with her and couldn’t be happier with the way she is as a professional athlete.”

Tursunov went on to speak about Raducanu’s US Open defense, saying it was “unrealistic” to expect her to repeat her 2021 campaign in New York. He added that while Raducanu has the ability to win more Majors, her game needs to improve.

“I have never won a Slam so I don’t know what it’s like to defend a Grand Slam. So I think she has done quite well in that sense. Honestly, the expectations of her repeating it were extremely unrealistic and anyone who understands anything about tennis would agree to that. It’s not because she doesn’t have the abilities. She has the ability but the game needs to be just improved to have that consistency to play at the high level,” the Russian coach added.

Novak Djokovic beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 7-5 6-3 to collect a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title on Sunday.

Djokovic, as a result, earned the biggest paycheck ever in tennis — 4,740,300 dollars — for completing the season-ending tournament unbeaten.

Novak Djokovic sealed victory in style with his ninth ace to collect the title for the first time since 2015 in front of a rapturous crowd.
“Got to stay focused the entire match, every single point, the momentum can switch to the other side really quickly,” the Serbian said in a televised interview after the match.

“The fact that I waited seven years makes this victory even sweeter,” he added as he matched Roger Federer’s haul of six titles in the season-ending event.

The 23-year-old Ruud enjoyed the best tennis of his career in 2022 and battled toe-to-toe with the 21-time major winner early on.

But he produced two clumsy errors to hand Djokovic the break at the end of the first set.

Djokovic put his foot on the accelerator from there on, harnessing his mighty forehand to break Ruud in the fourth game of the second set.

The Norwegian threw everything he had at the veteran in a 36-shot penultimate rally but the Wimbledon champion was simply too sharp.

He outlasted his opponent in the marathon exchange to hold his arms out wide after clinching the title.

The 35-year-old Djokovic is the oldest player to win the title and said the tournament did not leave him unscathed after a gruelling three-set thriller against Russian Daniil Medvedev en route to the semi-finals.

“It was not easy to recover and to really be able to play well in the semi-finals in less than 24 hours after that match,” he told reporters.

“It’s an internal battle with myself because there’s one voice that is always telling you ‘you can’t do it, you’re too tired, this and that’, right? The bad guy and the good guy. You try to feed the good guy.”

Djokovic ends the season on a high note after a year of ups and downs.

He was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open in January as he was deported from the country due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

His stance also meant he was barred from competing in the U.S. this year, including at the season’s final major — the U.S. Open.

“I look forward to having a couple of weeks off because I was really kind of on the needles an entire year, whether it was for tournaments or waiting for permissions to go somewhere.

”So, I’m really glad that I managed to end it in a positive way,” said Djokovic, who collected a seventh Wimbledon title in July.

The defeat capped a disappointing end to Ruud’s breakout year.

The Norwegian had also reached the finals at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows but came off second best.

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Carlos Alcaraz’s season has been nothing short of amazing. The 19-year-old Spaniard, who had already shown flashes of crystal-clear talent in 2021, has literally exploded this year. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé won the US Open, as well as two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona).

By winning his first Slam in New York, the Murcian became the youngest number 1 in the history of men’s tennis. Many identify ‘Carlitos’ as the future dominator of the ATP circuit. During the Mutua Madrid Open, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé was in charge of defeating two sacred monsters like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

After the ATP Finals in Turin, the young Iberian will try to lead Spain to the conquest of the Davis Cup. In the absence of Nadal, Carlos will be the beacon of the Iberian team in Malaga. In a press conference during the Rolex Paris Masters, Alcaraz spoke about everything he had to sacrifice to reach these levels.

“Well, I could say that I couldn’t go out with my friends as much as I wanted. Sometimes they would ask me out, but I couldn’t be too late. I was almost always the first to get home,” Alcaraz explained. “Anyway, I tried not to give up anything.

I had fun with my family and friends, although I had to work hard to become a professional tennis player. I wouldn’t call them sacrifices, as I have always dreamed of playing at the highest level.” Charles added. Recently, Juan Carlos Ferrero analyzed the season of his protégé: “It is normal for some to think that Alcaraz does not deserve first place.

It is true that Novak Djokovic had to skip several tournaments, including two Slams.”

Alcaraz wants to continue to amaze

Former American tennis player Jim Courier recently reflected on Carlos Alcaraz ending the year as the youngest World No.

1 in the ATP rankings. “I wouldn’t say there is a huge difference between No. 1 and No. 4 as far as they are having a target, everyone in that class of a rankings is gonna have a target on the back of every match they play is a chance for someone to make a name for themselves if they haven’t already,” he said.

“The one thing that I’d say that I think is different for Alcaraz than it was for me, I didn’t ever expect to get to No. 1. I certainly worked for it, and I got there and I earned it and I loved being there for the period of time I was able to hang on to it.

Alcaraz is one of those players who is groomed for [being World No. 1] and had the ability to pass the eye test of this guy is likely to get to the No. 1 at some point,” he expressed.

Novak Djokovic has strongly claimed that freedom of speech is now an ‘illusion’ as he hits back at scrutiny over his decision not to be vaccinated against Covid.

It has been a rollercoaster year for the Serbian and it started when he was deported from Australia in January due to his unvaccinated status, despite initially being given a medical exemption to compete at the Open.
Djokovic was detained upon his arrival at Melbourne Airport where he was eventually deported home just a day before the tournament begun – leading to a long legal battle.
The former world No 1 then competed at the French Open and was crowned champion at Wimbledon later in the year.

Although he faced more heartache when he banned from events in both Miami and Indian Wells before he also opted to withdraw from the US Open as their travel rules preventing him entering the country unless he got vaccinated.

Djokovic has, however, hit back at those claims by insisting he simply wants freedom of choice when putting things into his body.

‘People sometimes think I’m fake, that I do certain things because I want to be loved,’ Djokovic told Italian newspaper outlet La Stampa. 

‘It’s not like that, I’m just trying to be genuine. It’s something we’re losing.

‘It is not possible to please everyone but by now the politically correct forces us to give up expressing our ideas with respect, without hatred, but with freedom. Freedom of speech for me today is just an illusion.’

He added: ‘I had an extraordinary example of this this year, with what happened to me around the vaccine issue,’ he added.

‘I expressed myself for the freedom to be able to dispose of one’s body, and immediately I was accused of being a no-vax, which I am not. If you don’t belong to a certain way of thinking, you quickly become the bad guy. That’s not good.’

Novak Djokovic, who will compete in the Australian Open this year after his visa ban was scrapped, is currently unbeaten at the ATP Finals in Turin.

He battled to a three-hour victory over Daniil Medvedev in his latest match as the Serbian continues to overcome the battle of criticism this year.
Djokovic was already guaranteed to top the group and play Taylor Fritz in the semi-finals on Saturday but he dug deep to avoid defeat, completing a 6-3 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2) victory after three hours and 11 minutes.

The 35-year-old was clearly struggling physically late in the second set and into the third and Medvedev served for the match at 5-4 in the decider, but Djokovic found a way back.

Carlos Alcaraz has said that his recovery from an abdominal injury is going well and that he expects to be fully ready for the start of the 2023 season. Alcaraz, 19, last played at the Paris Masters, where he was forced to retire his quarterfinal match to Holger Rune.

Shortly after retiring to Rune, Alcaraz announced the doctors advised him to skip the ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals. On Wednesday, Alcaraz was handed the Year-End No 1 trophy at the ATP Finals in Turin. “It is going really well.

It is going really fast, as well. I’m really focused on recovering as soon as possible. But I could say in a week we improve a lot. I’m going to say at the beginning of the season, I’m going to be ready, I’m going to be 100 percent.
The first weeks after the injury it is really important to don’t stop. That’s what I did the week and a half that I spent, it was with a lot of exercise,” Alcaraz said, as quoted on Tennis Majors.

Carlos Alcaraz taking a well-deserved rest

Following a long, successful and very demanding 2022 season, Alcaraz is now having a well-deserved rest.

“Right now I have some days off, some holidays, to disconnect a little bit, to take a rest. But after that I am focused on the pre-season, I’m focused on improving, starting Australian Open as best as I can,” Alcaraz revealed.

Also, Alcaraz hinted he does not plan to play any tournaments leading up to the Australian Open. “‘I’m going to go the first days of January. I’m going to say that’s the plan. Of course, I don’t know how the injury is going to go.

But I could say I go directly to Australian Open,” Alcaraz said. In 2022, Alcaraz achieved two ultimate dreams of every tennis player – to win a Grand Slam and become the world No 1. It remains to be seen if Alcaraz can start the 2023 season by winning his first Australian Open title.

Novak Djokovic has underlined that Carlos Alcaraz deserves to be ranked at No 1 and added the 19-year-old is a very positive thing for tennis. Djokovic, who owns the all-time record for the most weeks spent at No 1, is currently ranked at No 8 in the world.

This year, Djokovic was denied participation at the Australian Open and US Open, causing him to lose a large number of points. Djokovic was allowed to compete at Wimbledon – there he successfully defended his title but still lost 2,000 points after the ATP sanctioned Wimbledon by removing points from this year’s tournament.

Now, Alcaraz is the youngest No 1 in tennis history and he is also set to become the youngest Year-End in tennis history. Because Djokovic wasn’t allowed to play two Grand Slams this year and because he lost 2,000 points at Wimbledon even though he won the tournament, some think that Alcaraz is No 1 rather because of the circumstances.

Novak Djokovic on Alcaraz as No 1: He has deserved it

“He deserves it, no doubt about it. I don’t want to go into discussion what if I played less or more, whatever. It is what it is. Reality is that he’s No. 1. He deserves to be there.

He won a slam. He won many matches in tournaments. He’s, I think, a great new face and a player for our sport. He’s a very nice guy. Works very hard. Has a good team of people around him. Represents himself and tennis in a good way.

I find only the positive things to say about him,” Djokovic said, as quoted on Tennis Majors. Meanwhile, Djokovic has received good news from Australia. This week, the Australian government rescinded Djokovic’s three-year ban from entering the country.

On Wednesday, Djokovic confirmed to reporters that those reports are correct and he will be starting his 2023 season in Australia.

Emma Raducanu is set to start her 2023 season in Auckland ahead of the Australian Open.
Emma Raducanu has announced her first tournament of 2023 as she bids to bounce back from her injury woes to enjoy a more successful sophomore season. The British No 1 was forced to miss her final two tournaments of the year with a wrist injury and will be making her return in Auckland in January.

Emma Raducanu has confirmed her first tournament of 2023 in what will be just her second full season on the professional tennis tour. The 20-year-old went 17-19 in wins and losses this year as she saw her season derailed by injuries at times, retiring from four different matches throughout the year.

The world No 74 is set to start her season at the ASB Classic from January 2 after failing to appear on Great Britain’s team list for the new United Cup. “I’m really looking forward to coming to New Zealand,” the 2021 US Open champion said after joining the player field in Auckland.

It will be a new tournament for the 20-year-old, who opted to start her 2022 season at the Sydney Tennis Classic this year, where she lost her opening match to Elena Rybakina. Explaining her decision to play in New Zealand for the first time, she said: “I’ve heard so many good things about the tournament. It is a great way to start off the Australian Open swing.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu has been recovering after ending her season early with injury (Image: Getty)

“I have heard that the tournament in New Zealand is great for players and fans. New Zealand is known for its beautiful landscape and nature, so I hope I can get to explore some of the other beautiful parts whilst in my time there.”

Emma Raducanu’s schedule announcement comes after she was forced to miss last week’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals on home soil as she continued to recover from the wrist injury that ended her season. But the British team captain revealed that the 20-year-old was recovering well and would bounce back despite failing to join the squad in Glasgow.

“Wrist injuries are never easy, but I think this one is under control,” Anne Keothavong said ahead of the BJK Cup Finals, where Britain managed to reach their first semi-final in 41 years despite the British No 1’s absence.

“She’s got good people around her and she’s used her time to really work on other areas of her fitness. Right now, from what I understand, it’s something that she will recover from and she’s confident of that, she just needs a bit more time and Billie Jean King Cup is too soon.”