It is not yet clear whether Novak Djokovic will participate in the 2022 Australian Open or not. Local authorities have sanctioned the obligation of vaccination for all players who want to enter the country, unless there are good reasons for not administering the double dose.
The number 1 in the world has never wanted to reveal his vaccination status and has always said he is in favor of freedom of choice. Although he appears on the ATP Cup and Australian Open entry lists, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has not yet confirmed his presence.
In Melbourne, the Serbian phenomenon would have the chance to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has won the Happy Slam nine times, in addition to having won the last three editions.
His most formidable opponents would be Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, great protagonists in the second half of 2021. Speaking in the latest edition of the 'Game To Love' podcast, former Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych recalled his feat against Nole at Wimbledon 2010.
Berdych on beating Novak Djokovic
"That felt really good. That's something that always comes up in my mind," Berdych reminisced. "It's really a nice bright experience from the past and yeah, I think everything just clicked perfectly that day and I had 100% of myself being on the court and the result is a win over Novak Djokovic.
Yeah, I mean one of those matches is something that'll be with you all the time." Berdych had a chance to practice with Raducanu at the ATP Champions Tour event recently and was struck by the teenager's passion for the sport.
"I just actually had a chance to hit with her right now and it's great to see her on the court. I mean, young lady being so passionate about it already with a result like that. So I mean in a good way it's a tough future waiting on her but I would say with nice bright lights around it," he concluded.
Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu are two of the most popular tennis players in the women’s circuit today. Throughout 2021, Emma and Naomi have dominated the headlines for various reasons. They were also two of the four Grand Slam winners from the WTA Tour this year.
Recently, it was released that Raducanu and Osaka feature amongst the top five female athletes who gained the most followers on Twitter. The teenager is in the second position and the 24-year-old is in fifth.