Six Things We Learnt During The First Week 2018

The offseason seems like a distant memory for many players with the 2018 tour fully underway. During the opening week, there were shocks and surprises across the globe as the first grand slam of the new year swiftly approaches.

With so much going on, it was almost impossible to monitor everything, but here are six key things we have learnt during the opening week of 2018.

Comebacks are never easy

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Going into 2018, there was constant speculation about how Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and others would fair in their comeback bids compared to Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s return 12 months ago. The outcome was something that many should have expected.

Djokovic withdrew from Doha due to his elbow, Murray has ended his Australian summer campaign due to ongoing hip problems and Milos Raonic lost his first match in Brisbane. It was all too easy to make comparisons without looking at the reality that everybody is different.

“Only when I’m 100 per cent ready to play, will I be able to come back,” Djokovic commented about his Doha withdrawal. “I hope it will be soon. I want to thank everyone for patience and understanding.”

It isn’t just the men’s tour affected. Serena Williams will not be defending her title at the Australian Open. Saying earlier in the week that she isn’t ready to compete yet. The 36-year-old gave birth to her first child in September.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said in a statement. “My coach and team always said, ‘Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.’ I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.
“With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.”

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