It’s also a full day for the locals, including Alex de Minaur’s first-round showdown with a 2020 Australian Open quarter-finalist – as veteran Sam Stosur, in her final home slam, goes on a date with Destanee

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Rafael Nadal admitted on Sunday that he had “suffered” with back pain for 15 days and could not guarantee that he will play at the Australian Open

While it seems incredibly unlikely that Nadal will be eliminated from his first round against Laslo Djere of Serbia – most expect him to at least test his body – the chance remains

The number two in the world passed the Spanish ATP Cup season in the warm-up week and has not played a competitive game since the ATP final in London in November

His only appearance since then was an exhibition game against Dominic Thiem in Adelaide 11 days ago, where he experienced stiffness in his back for the first time

“Obviously not great,” he said of the back injury on the eve of the first Grand Slam of the year

“At first the muscle was just a little bit tired, but I feel a little stiffer than usual (now)”

The 34-year-old has visited the practice areas in Melbourne Park to get fit for the Australian Open

Nadal insisted the injury was “not severe” but wasn’t sure he would go to court for his first-round game

“The muscle is still tense, so it’s difficult to play with freedom of movement,” he said

“We do everything. My physiotherapist is here, the doctors are here, everyone is helping me in all possible ways, I hope to be ready, that’s all I know things change quickly sometimes”

Almost twenty years after her debut at the Australian Open, Sam Stosur will stare at the course of her tennis future in an opening round with an Australian who is just 20 years old

Destanee Aiava will compete against the 36-year-old Stosur Mal plays in Melbourne Park after first stepping onto the Grand Slam stage in Melbourne in 2002

Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion and former number four in the world, no longer hopes for a nation and, after receiving a wildcard to play, could still be at her last Australian Open

Aiava is the first player in the 21st Born in a Grand Slam in the 17th century when she won a wildcard at the 2017 Open at the age of 16 She also has a winning form behind her

She took an opening round win at the Gippsland Trophy lead-in event last week, and Aiava said she now feels like a “better player” than she did at her three previous Open starts

“I think I put in a lot of work ahead of these tournaments too, I’m pretty confident in myself

Stosur’s Open preparation, which had spent most of 2020 off the field due to COVOD-19, was not ideal after being beaten 6-2, 6-0 by Czech Marie Bouzkova in the Yarra Valley Classic was

It was Stosur’s first game since March 2020 and she has not reached the second round at the Australian Open since 2015

But without expectation, she just wants to do her best and see what the future holds

“During the summer, I just want to play well, play the way I know I can, and enjoy myself out there,” said Stosur

“I just want to let it happen and play with the freedom I’ve struggled with it a little in the past, that’s really the main goal for me. If I can, win or lose, I’ll walk away happily”

Maddison Inglis faces the toughest task of the Aussies on the second day and takes on defending champion Sofia Kenin

Daria Gavrilova, who was beaten by Serena Williams in the Aussie’s first game in four months last week, will start her 2021 campaign on Tuesday, alongside Arina Rodionova and Astra Sharma

A loss in the first round last week, in his first tour match since September 2019, meant a small return for Thanasi Kokkinakis

The 24-year-old has been to hell and back with a litany of injuries, but a wildcard entry at the Australian Open could mark the start of his journey back to better times

In 2018, Kokkinakis defeated Roger Federer, a signal of what the Adelaide-born American could produce if his body and mind allow him

Korean world number 92 Soonwoo Kwon is Kokkinakis’ first-round obstacle, and despite a difference in the ranking – the Aussie is 266 – the bookmakers rate Kokkinakis at least at the top

Kokkinakis had to skip the entire 2020 season, which continued despite COVID-19 interruptions due to glandular fever, pulled the pounds out of his body and forced him into even more rehab

He was beaten in three sets by compatriot Alex Bolt at the Murray River Open last week, his first Tour match in 18 months, but said the quarantine interruptions leveled the field for so many players and left him an open one Had given hope

“This time I have the feeling that everyone is on the same boat when it comes to the lack of time”It’s been a tough year for everyone, but what I’ve taken is some kind of confidence – if you will – to know that everyone is in the same boat as me,” Kokkinakis said recently

“I’ve been in a situation where I’ve had to be released many, many times, so I’m used to that to some extent”I feel like I know how to handle it and I’m just looking forward to getting started”

Li Tu is the wildest Australian wildcard on day two. The 24-year-old from South Australia, a one-of-a-kind tennis prodigy, didn’t even have an official ATP ranking at the last draw

He turns 100Raising $ 000 even if he loses, and his challenge seems greater than Kokkinakis’ as he takes on Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez

Other Aussies in action include Jordan Thompson, who finished 24th Seed Casper Ruud from Norway will play, while Alexei Popyrin, another wildcard entry, will play against Belgian David Goffin, 13 Seed, comes

Chris O’Connell from Sydney meets Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany and Aleksandar Vukic plays the Russian Russian Karen Khachanov to round off the Australian action

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