Novak Djokovic's Australian Open hopes boosted by 'back door' plan to avoid ban
Australian Open organisers are looking into a plan that would allow unvaccinated players to bypass a potential ban and play the season-opening Grand Slam.There have been months of uncertainty surrounding the conditions for unvaccinated players at the upcoming Australian Open.
Johanna Konta's participation in the first Grand Slam event of the new season has been cast into doubt after the revelation of a potentially major medical issue. The Briton will be hoping she can play at the Australian Open in January after a frustrating 2021 season in which she could only play in one of the four major tournaments on the calendar.
An abdominal issue forced her to miss the competition in Melbourne this year, before she was able to compete at the French Open.
However, her Roland Garros challenge ended in the first round as she lost to Sorana Cirstea, and that would prove to be her only Grand Slam appearance of the year.
The BRITs SCRAP male and female categories ahead of 2022 ceremony
On top of those muscular issues she has had to contend with, Konta is also wary that an ongoing heart issue has flared up again recently.
"I have heart palpitations sometimes. Basically, my heartbeat quickens for no reason. I feel a little dizzy," she told Tennis Actu TV.
"The first time this happened was in Birmingham in 2017 - the second time was in Beijing in 2018.
Andy Murray has one 'question mark' that could prevent successful 2022 comeback season
EXCLUSIVE: Former British No 1 Greg Rusedski believes one thing in particular could hold Andy Murray back from seeing success in 2022 as his comeback from hip resurfacing surgery continues.Murray was world No 1 when he limped off of Wimbledon's Centre Court back in 2017, with a hip injury that would see his career almost come to a halt over the next few years.
"The third time was three months ago when I was doing my training block on clay at my home in London.
Raducanu downplays SPOTY chances as Djokovic set to miss Aussie Open
Kyrgios on 'uncomfortable' Serena situation - says he's better player
Djokovic's dad claims he is being 'blackmailed' over Australian Open
"So I wouldn't say that there is a massive common denominator. There have been stressful situations and stress-free situations."
Her lack of participation in big tournaments has seen Konta tumble to 112th in the WTA rankings, meaning she would most likely have to play in the qualifying rounds to reach the main draw at the Australian Open.
But she is yet to decide if she will make the trip Down Under, despite the December 6 registration deadline looming.
While admitting it has been tough to deal with a season so disrupted by injury and illness, Konta insists she is remaining upbeat about her future.
"It was very difficult," the former world number four admitted. "There was nothing good and nothing fun about having Covid and having to miss Wimbledon and the Olympics. There is no getting around that.
"However, I consider myself a happy, positive and pragmatic person, and I like to take a step back and look at the good things that I have in my life.
"And, at the end of the day, I looked at my life and everything is fine."
Novak Djokovic fired warning by Australian Open chief - 'No exemptions' .
Novak Djokovic has been issued a warning by Australian Open boss Craig Tiley despite appearing on the entry list ahead for the 2022 edition of the tournament.The 59-year-old reiterated that players will not be allowed to participate in tennis' first grand slam of the year if they have not been inoculated.