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The Australian Open begins after a saga over unvaccinated Djokovic

Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are all fighting for the tournament as Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all fight for the tournament as Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas return home after the men’s world’s best Novak Djokovic was denied an entry to defend the title.

An overview of Rod Laver Arena during the women’s singles match between Germany’s Tachiana Maria and Greece’s Maria Sakkari on the first day of the Australian Open. (AP)

The Australian Open finally began in Melbourne Park after a chaotic and controversial accumulation dominated by Vizasaga involving the world’s number one Novak Djokovic.

On Monday, Germany’s Tachiyana Maria hit the first serve of this year’s opening Grand Slam against Maria Sakkari of Greece, the fifth seed in women’s singles, at Rod Laver Arena.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka finished the afternoon action on a cool, cloudy day with 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal closing the crowd with 50% capacity for the coronavirus.

The world’s best Djokovic was supposed to be the headliner for the night session, but unvaccinated Serbs haven’t defended his title after the court abandoned his bid to stay in the country.

The 34-year-old left Australia on Sunday night. At least for now, his dream of becoming the first man to win 21 majors gave Nadal the chance to reach the milestone first.

Nadal, a wide open tournament for others

Due to Djokovic’s disappearance, third-seeded Alexander Zverev was promoted to Rod Laver Arena instead, ending the day’s action with a clash with German Daniel Altmaier.

The world’s best Ashleigh Barty confrontation with qualifying passer Lesia Tsurenko will open an evening session.

Ukraine’s 15th seed Elina Svitolina played against France’s Fiona Ferro at the adjacent main show court, the Margaret Court Arena.

Djokovic, who won the Australian Open nine times, is absent, so Nadal, Zverev, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fourth-largest player in the Greek world, are competing for the men’s tournament.

But this year there is no Roger Federer. The Swiss have been injured in a big battle.

Ashleigh Barty is my favorite

Bertie is a solid favorite on the part of women to win a home slam for the first time, but will be under intense pressure from the expected crowd.

With only 13 seeds after a long layoff to deal with mental health issues, Osaka needs to beat Australians to achieve a hat-trick in Melbourne.

Serena Williams is not in Melbourne due to fitness issues.

Source: AFP

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