Novak Djokovic is ready to return to competitions. The number one in the world is on the entry list for the Dubai Tennis Championships 2022, which will take place from February 21 to 26. The Serbian is the top seed in the tournament, followed by world number six Andrey Rublev and Canadian Felix Auger Aliessime.
The fourth seed, meanwhile, is Jannik Sinner, who lost the Australian Open quarter-final at the hands of Stefanos Tsitsipas. Novak Djokovic's story is known to everyone. His last appearance was at the 2021 Davis Cup, where he led his Serbia in winning all singles matches.
His start to the season, on the other hand, was to be in the ATP Cup, the first week of January, again to compete for his country; however, the Serb withdrew from the competition without giving reasons. The next appointment was going to be the Australian Open, but the media and legal issue prevented Djokovic from participating in the first Grand Slam of the season.
“An iconic star of world tennis can influence people of all ages, young or old, but perhaps above all the young and the most suggestible, leading them to emulation”: this was the verdict of the Melbourne Federal Court.
Novak Djokovic will be the first seed of the ATP 500 in Dubai. The list of tournament participants has not been officially released by the organizers, but many media outlets, including SkySports, confirm Djokovic's presence at the tournament.
Tim Henman on Novak Djokovic
In an interview with Eurosport, Tim Henman felt that Novak Djokovic would find it difficult to continue his tennis career if not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. "When you reflect on the Djokovic fiasco, it was a shambles, really.
There were no winners. It wasn't good for Tennis Australia, I don't think it reflected well on the government," Henman said. "Obviously Djokovic not being able to play in the Australian Open, it's disappointing for the event, the fans and Djokovic himself.
Fingers crossed that we don't have to witness something like that in the future. What does Djokovic do next? Because it would seem very difficult for him to continue with his professional career if he's not double vaccinated, it would seem that he's going to be pretty limited with the countries that he can get into.
I would emphasise, it's absolutely his prerogative, whether any individual wants to get vaccinated or not is his or her decision, but certainly as a tennis fan and seeing what Djokovic has been able to achieve on the court, I very much hope we see him back competing soon," Henman concluded.