Novak Djokovic wrote further pages of history in 2021, touching a sensational milestone like the 'Calendar Grand Slam' Should he triumph at the US Open, the Serbian phenomenon would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.
His race was interrupted in the final against Daniil Medvedev, good at exploiting his rival's black day to forfeit the first Grand Slam of his career. The Russian also took revenge for the blow he suffered in the last act of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year.
As everyone knows by now, the presence of the number 1 ATP at the Australian Open 2022 is shrouded in mystery (due to the obligation to vaccinate). After Nole appeared on the Happy Slam entry list, many began to theorize that the Belgrade may have received a medical exemption.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has won the Australian Grand Slam nine times, as well as having won the last three editions. Speaking to '9 News', Todd Woodbridge assured that Djokovic will not receive preferential treatment.
Woodbridge talks about Djokovic
“Well the fact is Novak Djokovic’s on the Australian Open entry list,” Woodbridge said on 9 News. “And of course he’s also in the ATP Cup in Sydney in the first tournament of the New Year.
If he passes [the criteria] then he will be able to play. There’s so much speculation at this point that he needs to answer those questions first. If he does pass those, I think it’s fantastic that we’re going to have the world number one back in Australia.
But, he has to do what every other traveller does when they come into Australia,” Woodbridge added. "It’s not about entitled tennis players or tennis players in general. It’s about what every other person has to do, and that’s what he has to do”.
Djokovic has appeared in nine Australian Open finals and won all of them. “There have been some people saying that Tennis Australia are looking for loopholes to get him in. That’s absolute rubbish! That cannot happen because it’s the government that makes those rules.
And they’ll stipulate whether he can get in or not”. With all the uncertainty around Novak Djokovic’s involvement at the Australian Open 2022, tournament director Craig Tiley has had to give multiple clarifications to the media over the supposed ‘exemption’ that could be given to the nine-time Melbourne champion to play there next year.