“He’s so consistent. I saw last year that he accepted all the sacrifices for the trip without coming back to Australia. I knew it was really hard,” he said. “I think he’s really amazing. She’s always been very positive … I really like her a lot.
Despite his fears, Osaka was thrilled to return to the city where he enjoyed so much success in winning the 2019 and 2021 titles. “Just to play again at Rod Laver [is] Something that really makes me happy, “he said.” I would say playing at the Australian Open makes a lot of sense to me. Of course, it’s not the first slam I’ve won, but I think starting here really builds momentum throughout the year.
“I think I feel different when I come to Australia. Everyone is really warm and welcome. I remember fighting hard here. It’s definitely a very positive feeling. “
It was a very different lead for British teen sensation Emma Radukanu, who is heading to her first Australian Open as US Open champion.
“Twelve months ago I was studying in my room for my exams,” said the 19-year-old. “Living in Australia, I watched from a distance last year, I’m very grateful for this opportunity to play. Here.
“Playing in the main draw here for the first time is going to be a great experience.
“I played junior a few years ago. Coming back here and playing in the main draw so early I am quite proud of this achievement.
“It simply came to our notice then. It’s fun to look around and see. “
Radukanu made a disruptive preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year, however, after testing positive for COVID-19 and being forced to spend some time in isolation. Staying fit and healthy has proven to be a juggling act.
“It’s a challenge to try to find a balance between getting out of isolation and practicing directly,” he said. “But if you do it for hours after doing nothing for 20 days, you will always start picking small swallows. I’m just trying to find that balance. “