The 2021 season has officially ended after the Davis Cup final in Madrid, but the entire tennis world is eagerly awaiting an announcement that could upset the schedules of many. It is (of course) Novak Djokovic's decision to take part in the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year 2022, or not: from this choice passes the factor for the athlete to have to undergo the anti-Covid vaccination if so, given that in the oceanic territory the obligation to supply has been established.
Uncertainty reigns and the hypothesis of a forfeit by the Serbian due to strong statements not really in favor of the campaign. The consequences for the number one in the ATP world rankings could be much worse than simply giving up a competition, albeit a very prestigious one: in fact, the option that the remaining competitive events during the season are also reserved for vaccinated people is not excluded.
A condition that would put the 34-year-old from Belgrade practically out of the game, should he decide to continue his line of not receiving the serum. The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said in recent days that she wants to start the discussion procedure on the issue in the European Union: a first sign, nothing concrete at present, but the evolutions on the topic could be many in the next months (now impossible to predict, even for Nole).
The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles was the absolute protagonist in the last editions of the AO and for the organizers it would be a real shame not to have Novak at the starting line of the event.
Clarey opens up on Nole Djokovic
In a recent interview to moneycontrol.com, Christopher Clarey extensively talked about Roger Federer in which he revealed why his relations are different with two of his biggest rivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
He explained that while Nadal and Federer have had quite comfortable childhoods, Djokovic hails from Serbia, a nation that has witnessed some quite devastating wars in the recent past. "Rafa-Roger came from comfortable childhoods; they had choices," said Clarey.
"Djokovic came from a war-torn country. Unlike Rafa-Roger, he had no choices. He just wanted- and needed- to succeed." Clarey went ahead and further highlighted that even though the Spaniard was Federer's first big challenger, he made peace with him after some time.
"Rafael Nadal was Roger's first major challenger," he said. "By the time Roger made peace, Djokovic came along. Federer had a tough time to accept."