Australian Open 2022: Historical Victory and Controversy


The 2022 Australian Open is now part of the history of tennis. History describes this year’s opening as a personal victory for female champion Ashleigh Barty, who gave Australia the first victory in 44 years, and Rafael Nadal, who won the male champion with a persistent foot injury. ..Nadal was 21 years oldst Grand Slam Victory — The only man in the world to achieve this feat.

But history also remembers the 2022 edition of the Australian Open, for other, less informative reasons. These reasons appeared long before the opening began.

It began with the arrival of Novak Djokovic in Melbourne, Australia, followed by two weeks of proceedings, trivial politics, and final deportation. Djokovic’s story captivated the international media and made Tennis Australia unpopular because it provided unvaccinated players with incorrect visa information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Tennis Australia was also mercilessly criticized for ordering the audience to take off Peng Shuai’s T-shirt, and was asked head-on, “Where is Peng Shuai?”

A few days later, after a thorough media scrutiny, Tennis Australia surrendered and overturned that decision.

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Audience wearing “Where is Peng Shuai?” In the women’s singles final between Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Danielle Collins of the United States on the 13th day of the Australian Open tennis tournament held in Melbourne in January. A T-shirt representing the world’s number one in the former Doubles is drawn on the stand. .. 29, 2022. (William West / AFP via Getty Images)

Some ironic journalists say that the Open has benefited from a large amount of funding from China and the desire not to offend China is behind Tennis Australia’s original inflexible T-shirt removal request. I speculated that it might have been the motive of.

Nevertheless, the order to take off the T-shirt was shameful. This was badly reflected in the organization of Tennis Australia events, revealing a brave attitude towards freedom of speech, claiming that he was always concerned about the welfare of Peng Shuai.

Some tennis players were guilty of shameful disgust in court.

For example, Daniil Medvedev’s improvised comments after repeated boos did not satisfy tennis enthusiasts about the “low IQ” of some spectators. Whenever he came to court, he was booed, especially when he served.

Jim Courier explained to him in a court interview that the audience did not boo him. They only imitated the sound of famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo when he scored a goal. He jumps into the air and spins, shouting “Sii”.

However, how to port this ritual from Premier League football to Melbourne Park is a bit of a mystery. Given the intermittent boos, Medvedev has demonstrated outstanding skills in maintaining focus on the game.

However, Medvedev’s emotional second seed (Djokovic is first) faced fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals, verbally abusing referee Jamie Campistol and making him a “little cat”. I called it.

There was media frenzy revealing the meaning of this phrase, but it probably doesn’t make sense. The reason for the explosion was that Tsitsipas was being taught by his father from the player’s box. One hour after the explosion, the referee gave the player a coaching breach.

Jim Courier correctly speculated in his commentary that the referee’s actions were the result of a sting operation. A Greek-speaking official put himself unobtrusively in the player’s tunnel beneath the player’s box, warning the referee about the illegal coaching of Tsitsipas’ father.

When a coaching breach was issued, Tsitsipas quickly lost the next five games and games. This episode reminds us that cheating is not always rewarded.

One of the most unpleasant aspects of the tournament was the sneaky treatment of fans of Tanashiko Kinakis and Nick Kyrgios, who played the doubles final against another Australian doubles team Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.

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Australia’s Nick Kyrgios (R) and Thanasi Kokkinakis celebrate after defeating fellow Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the Men’s Doubles Finals of the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Australia. January 29, 2022. (Andy Brownbill / AP photo)

When Kyrgios plays, the spectators expect and usually receive an indication of the behavior of the baby.

In the semi-finals, the Kyrgios / Kyrgios team also received special treatment from Channel Nine. The channel aired their game and canceled the important quarter-final match between Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov.

Viewers didn’t appreciate this as the Nadal / Shapovalov game entered an important stage of thrilling and nailing.

Few other semi-final doubles games involving the Ebden / Purcell team were allowed.

There is no doubt that there is a Kyrgios cult. People are rampaging every time he appears on the court. This is an evil sight that has not turned into a highly competitive sporting event.

In contrast, Ashleigh Barty’s praise is understandable and worthy given that she is the top female tennis player in the world. Bertie won the women’s final in two sets (second in a tiebreak): This was the first Australian female player to win in 44 years-Chris O’Neill won in 1978-it was a heroic duel With Bertie, who came at the expense of Danielle Collins, but she couldn’t get the crown back to the United States with her.

The Australian Open was also a story of sacrifice, pride, and achievement. Rafael Nadal, who needed five setters in the quarter-final match against Shapovalov, advanced to the final.

Shapovalov claimed that Nadal had been given preferential treatment by the referee in an interview against sportsmanship. In sports, as in the general public, it is usually the loser who claims to be the victim of unfair play. Their defeat is always due to someone else.

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Rafa Ernadal (R) of Spain and Dennis Shapovalov of Canada will play the men’s singles quarterfinals on the 9th day of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia on January 25, 2022. So, exchange words. (Clive Brunskill / Getty Images)

The final was a fascinating and captivating event with an incredible performance by Nadal and Medvedev. Following his historic victory over the tenacious Medvedev, Nadal was blessed and praised.

His victory has made him the undisputed greatest tennis player of all time.His victory is his 21st Victory in Grand Slam (out of 29 finals). This allowed Djokovic and Federer to win 20 Grand Slams each.

Of course, Nadal’s critics would argue that it would have been different if Djokovic had been allowed to play, and therefore Nadal’s victory is somehow contaminated.

Anyway, Nadal has now gained an eternal legendary position because of his tennis achievements and his determination to always go extra distance to win his match. In that respect, he is a role model for a new generation of tennis players.

Overall, it was an accident-prone Australian Open, full of plots, controversies, and failures, but with great results. After all, the open celebrates the indomitable human spirit.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Gabriel Moens


Gabriël A. MoensAM is an emeritus professor at the University of Queensland and vice president and dean of Murdoch University. In 2003, Mornes was awarded the Australian Centennial Medal by the Prime Minister for his service to education. He has taught extensively in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Moens recently published two novels, “ATwisted Choice” (Boolarong Press, 2020) and “The Coincidence” (Connor Court Publishing, 2021).