It's been a while, hasn't it. Where to even begin with the crazy 2022 Australian Open! 2 thoughts for your consideration on Day 2. The deuces are wild. 1. The ATP is facing a leadership vacuum: L'Affair Djokovic took the air out of the tournament over the preceding fortnight. During that period, the ATP was notably silent regarding the ongoings and detainment of its top star. Several players did speak up, including Rafael Nadal, who spoke eloquently about the need to move on. However, it wasn't clear if Rafa was backed up by his teammates. For a decade plus, Roger Federer has been the voice of reason within in the ATP tour. He was the consummate diplomate and his absence during this wild chapter, was felt. 2. The pundits didn't understand the legal proceedings that Djokovic was facing and provided bad commentary: Novak Djokovic's faced two judicial meetings in his quest to remain in Australia to play for his 21st Major title. The first judge gave Novak a by
Rafael Nadal took an hour to work on his forehands in the new Louis Armstrong stadium at the US Open, today. Accompanied by his champion coach, Carlos Moya, Rafa spent the session working on down-the-line forehands and serves. Rafa appeared to be at ease during the practice session but tensed up during as he practiced serving. Overall, this was one of the more aggressive practice sessions this blogger has seen and one the first times seeing a male tennis pro with male hitting partners and not other pros. I suppose this is one of the benefits of having a Grand Slam winning coach.