'Novak Djokovic knows all the government regulations about...', says legend



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'Novak Djokovic knows all the government regulations about...', says legend

The groups of the third edition of the ATP Cup were drawn, which includes the participation of 16 teams and a prize pool of more than 14 million dollars. All matches will be played in the city of Sydney between 1 and 9 January 2022.

Once the group stage is over, the four winners of their respective groups will advance to the semi-finals and compete for the trophy. The news of the presence of Novak Djokovic in the entry list caused a sensation. As noted New York Times correspondent Ben Rothenberg noted, that doesn't necessarily mean the world's No.

1 will fly to Australia at the start of the new year. The 34-year-old from Belgrade may in fact have given his availability in order to guarantee a place for Serbia. In the absence of official communications from the 20-time Grand Slam champion, it is better not to overreact.

On the sidelines of the Davis Cup finals, Nole had confided that he would soon give updates on his participation in the Australian Open 2022. To the microphones of 'Wide World of Sports', Todd Woodbridge expressed his opinion on the matter.

Woodbridge speaks about Djokovic

“Novak Djokovic had the choice to enter or not enter so he’s put his name on the entry list and that means you’ve got to believe that he’s coming all the way through the summer,” Woodbridge told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.

Djokovic won the tournament with Serbia at the inaugural event in 2020, defeating Rafael Nadal’s Spain in the final. His third appearance in 2022 would bolster the Australian summer of tennis ahead of the first Slam of the new season.

“[His entry] is good for tennis, for [Djokovic] fans they’ll be rejoicing, and I think also for the Sydney fans,” Woodbridge continued. “He knows all the government regulations about the vaccination, so that means, you would think, that he’s on top of it unless he pulls something that we’re not expecting”.

Djokovic is yet to confirm his participation at the Australian Open as his vaccination status remains unknown. Tennis Australia has decided to conduct a shorter version of the ATP Cup at two venues in Sydney again. This year, the event was held in Melbourne.

In the inaugural edition, the matches took place in Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney. The finals would take place in the capital of New South Wales i.e. Sydney. The prize money back then was $22 million.