Tennis: A year to forget


The past tennis season, or at least a large part of it, has gone without three circuit giants weighing 41 Grand Slam titles: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem… Their common point: they made the headlines in 2021 for their recurring absence from the courts. The case of the Austrian (28), the youngest of the three and the least exposed to injuries, is the one who questioned the most. The world number 3 was expected to touch the stars but he was disturbed by a set of elements, making his season a real nightmare. “Before Australia, I felt good, but during the tournament, I had some problems with the (health) bubble and then I went through tournaments where I did not play at my best level (elimination in the 1st round of Roland-Garros). When everything seemed to be back to normal, the injury happened. It’s a year to forget, ”he conceded after giving up the US Open, where he held the title, due to an injury to his right wrist on June 22. Date after which he no longer touched the racket, after only 19 matches.

Grandpa’s with bruised bodies

A season stopped in the summer, Rafael Nadal (35) also experienced this outcome. Blame it on the incessant pain in the left foot. The Mallorcan still had time to wreak havoc, as usual, on clay, lifting the title in Barcelona and then in Rome. His year changed on June 11 at Roland Garros where the master of the place, crowned thirteen times, was overthrown by Novak Djokovic at the end of a semifinal anthology. Two months later, Nadal left the tournament in Washington at the round of 16 stadium. Clap of the end of this year 2021. Roger Federer, he made his comeback on the courts, thirteen months later. The opportunity for the Swiss legend to set foot on the clay at Roland Garros, where he forfeited before his round of 16 to save himself for Wimbledon, where his adventure was stopped in the quarters by Hubert Hurkacz. It will be his last game of the year. Operated for a third time on his right knee, the 40-year-old does not think about retiring but he will not play again until next summer. His participations at Roland Garros and Wimbledon are strongly questioned.

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