ATP legend takes a shot at Novak Djokovic
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 29153
Novak Djokovic has just returned from a simply incredible year, which brought him one step away from the 'Calendar Grand Slam' The number 1 in the world has won the top three majors of 2021, eliminating the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking.
The Serbian champion reached the final at the US Open in September, but failed to put the icing on the cake. Should he triumph in New York, Nole would become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in the same season.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade had to bow to a Daniil Medvedev in a state of grace. The young Russian has forfeited his first major in his career, as well as having taken revenge for the blow he suffered in Australia at the beginning of the year.
'Djoker' will have a great chance to hoist himself to 21 slams at the Australian Open 2022, provided he decides to fly to Australia next January. Players will need to be vaccinated in order to play in Melbourne and Novak has never hidden his skepticism about it.
During an interview with 'Medio 9 news', Todd Woodbridge expressed his opinion on the subject.
Woodbridge opens up on Djokovic
“Some people have said that Tennis Australia is looking for certain asterisks to get it (Novak Djokovic's participation).
This is absolute nonsense and it cannot happen because the government makes the rules. (...) When you play a sport in which you have to travel the world, you have no choice but to comply with the regulations established by these countries.
The scenario here is very clear. Australia requires tennis players to have the full vaccination schedule, otherwise they will not be able to enter the country and therefore play the tournaments during the first month of competition" - Todd Woodbridge said.
Novak Djokovic is expected to speak personally in the coming days. The end of the suspense is approaching, and the outcome remains very uncertain. After a heart-breaking loss to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open finals, Djokovic bounced back in style by winning the Paris Masters by defeating the Russian.
Even though the Serb couldn’t win the ATP Finals, he was able to grab the year-end no.1 ranking for a record seventh time, surpassing Pete Sampras. The 20-time Grand Slam champion didn’t want to end the year at ATP Finals and went on to represent team Serbia at the Davis Cup.
Through his efforts, he managed to take his country to the semi-finals, where they were ousted by Croatia.