The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has named Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek world champions for 2022 after winning two Grand Slam titles each. Nadal emerged victorious in the Australian Open and grabbed his 14th French Open crown this year to take his Grand Slam total to a men’s record of 22.
International Tennis Federation World Champions for 2022
Swiatek took home her second French Open and followed it up with her first United States Open title to validate her status as the top women’s singles player in the world. It was the fifth time the 35-year-old Spaniard was named ITF world champion. He also reached the semifinals at Wimbledon but he was forced to withdraw before his clash against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal strain, according to the top sports betting site in the world.
Ram-Salisbury Duo Crowned Men’s Doubles Champs; Czech Pair Cop Women’s Doubles
Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury were hailed men’s doubles world champions for the first time after winning their third Grand Slam title together at the US Open. The pair took home their first ATP Finals for the first time in November. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova wound up with their third women’s doubles crown. The Czech pair won three Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Alcaraz Ready for Djokovic at 2023 Australian Open
World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz said that he is looking forward to meet 21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in the 2023 Australian Open next month. The Serbian netter missed two of the four Grand Slams in 2022 in Melbourne and New York as he was not vaccinated against coronavirus disease but will be allowed to enter Australia for the 2023 season. The 19-year-old Spaniard took advantage of Djokovic’s absence at the US Open to win his first-ever title and became the youngest-ever ATP No1 in the process. Despite the threat of nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic, Alcaraz is happy for the challenge.
Almost 100% Ready for 2023
The Spaniard said that he is almost 100% recovered from an abdominal injury he suffered at the Paris Masters quarterfinal against Holger Rune. To further recuperate from his injury, Alcaraz opted not to compete in any official tournaments ahead of the Australian Open that will begin on January 16. He is aware that he is the man to beat in this Grand Slam event and expressed his readiness to defend the No.1 ranking.
Alcaraz, who emerged victorious in five ATP Tour singles titles in 2022, won his only meeting with Djokovic in the Madrid Masters semifinal this year en route to becoming the youngest winner of the title. The Spanish netter is expecting a tough tournament in the coming weeks, saying that it will be a very open field with many players contending for the title and the best ATP tennis picks site will cover the proceedings from day one until the finals.