- The 2022 season brought with it a great deal of skill, discipline, and mental toughness
- The intensity of the competition which made the entire season exciting and memorable
- Tennis has a long and rich history, with many legendary players and epic matches that left a lasting impression
There are many reasons why tennis is such an addictive sport for both players and spectators. One reason is that it is a high-stakes, high-pressure sport which birthed memorable moments in tennis 2022.
The 2022 season brought great skill, discipline, and mental toughness. We all witnessed the intensity of the competition, which made the entire season exciting and memorable.
Additionally, tennis has a long and rich history, with many legendary players and epic matches that left a lasting impression on the sport. That’s why millions of people watch tennis matches with devoted loyalty.
That said, here are the memorable moments in tennis 2022.
NOVALK DJOKOVIC DEPORTATION FRACAS IN AUSTRALIA
Novak Djokovic decided to tweet a photo of himself boarding an aircraft in the early days of the New Year. At the time, he claimed that he had obtained a “exemption certificate” to travel to Australia and participate in the 2022 Australian Open.
He hoped it would end the weeks of rumours concerning his eligibility for Australia because he refused Covid-19 vaccination. Instead, it was just the start.
Discussions about his entry into the nation raged as he travelled a long way to Melbourne. He became possibly the biggest news story in the world when he was detained at the border and imprisoned with refugees subject to Australia’s immigration laws.
On the eve of the tournament, the Serbian player was deported following weeks of rigorous legal proceedings and a fleeting victory in his first appeal.
SERENA WILLIAMS AND ROGER FEDERER RETIREMENT
The retirement of two legendary players, Serena Williams and Roger Federer must be the most memorable moments in tennis 2022. Despite having established legendary careers that changed the idea of longevity in sports, Williams and Federer three weeks apart.
In their own unique ways, each retirement was ideal. A heartbroken Williams closed her career with a homage to her fiercest competitor. She said her exit from the court is an evolution, and she would focus on having more kids and her businesses.
For Federer, Laver Cup in London was his final bow in tennis, and Rafael Nadal couldn’t hold back his tears. Federer cited a longstanding knee injury as the basis of his retirement.
IGA SWIATEK RISING LIKE A PHOENIX
From Warsaw, Poland, Iga Swiatek left memorable moments in tennis 2022. Surprisingly, rankings anarchy appeared likely to occur after Ash Barty’s retirement as the other top women’s players got acclimated to playing without the dominant force.
Instead, Swiatek recognised her chance, and as she ascended to No. 1, she made one of the most astounding breakthroughs in recent memory. She finished the winter and spring with a 37-match winning streak before capturing her second French Open title.
Although she previously expressed her dislike for the lighter balls used at Flushing Meadows, she overcame it and won the US Open.
RUSSIA-UKRAINE CONTROVERSY AT WIMBLEDON
As sad as the Russia, Ukraine war is, it makes up for memorable moments in tennis 2022. Russia’s invasion in Ukraine became the biggest standoff in the game’s open era as Wimbledon pronounced itself on the matter.
Wimbledon’s decision to bar Russian and Belarusian players from its events—which the UK government supported—was a glaring aberration. Team competitions between Russia and Belarus were prohibited.
But players from those countries were permitted to participate as neutral athletes. Wimbledon’s decision was viewed as a blatant breach of contract by both the men’s and women’s tours. The ATP Tour and WTA immediately penalised them by withholding ranking points from the competition.
VICTORY FOR CARLOS ALCARAZ
Carlos Alcaraz isn’t new to writing history since he was an adolescent. His breakthrough this year, when he won his first Masters 1000 championships in Miami and Madrid made him a rising star.
He beat his mentor Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic back-to-back and became the player to achieve this on clay. Alcaraz followed up his earlier success with an incredible first Grand Slam run, winning the US Open after several nail-biting five-set sets, debuting at No. 1, and proving his dominance as the sport’s future star.
The Spaniard became the first male player to assume the top rank following the US Open win.