Last year, Nadal won the Australian Open men’s singles event while Barty won the women’s singles event.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley was thrilled with how the 2022 tournament edition went and also added that Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty winning the men’s and women’s singles titles made it all even better.
In 2022, the Australian Open organizers faced a tricky situation because they had to figure out how to organize a great event while still dealing with COVID-19-related restrictions and conditions. In the 2022 Australian Open men’s singles event, Nadal stunningly won his first title at Melbourne Park since 2009 after creating an unbelievable comeback in the final against Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal’s Australian Open run and victory drew enormous attention and it was benefiting the tournament. The 2022 Australian Open women’s singles tournament was also a huge success for the organizers as Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian woman since 1978 to win the singles title at Melbourne Park.
Tiley on the 2022 Australian Open, Nadal and Barty’s wins
“Basically, everyone had been in a lockdown. And in 2022, we had the Australian Open with a whole series of conditions around it. Vaccinations and medical exemption, which was confusing for everyone at the time.
So we focused on what was needed to be done to run an event. My job was to run an event, not to issue visas or medical exemptions, but to run a great event. I think we achieved that. It was one of the most successful events. Rafael Nadal winning and Ash Barty winning the Australian Open, we couldn’t have scripted a better outcome,” Tiley said on the Rock n Roll Tennis Podcast.
This year, Nadal failed to defend his Australian Open after picking up an injury to his psoas muscle and losing in the second round to Mackenzie McDonald.
Barty, who shockingly retired from pro tennis in 2022 March, returned to this year’s Australian Open just as a special guest.