It was the media and judicial case of January, the one involving Novak Djokovic. The Serbian tennis player had arrived in Australia to participate in the Australian Open under a medical exemption. As soon as he arrived at the airport, however, Djokovic was blocked, interrogated by the border police and, subsequently, taken to a hotel in the city, where he usually takes people who want to enter Australia, waiting to be able to train in view of the Grand Slam.
The rest of the story is known to everyone, tennis fans and not. From what emerges from the sentence of the federal court in Melbourne, Djokovic was expelled from Australia because he was a bad example for young Australians, especially with the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid19.
This is because the world number one had declared, during the interrogation carried out by the border police upon his arrival in Australia, that he was not vaccinated. The story that took place in Australia, however, could repeat itself.
Many countries may require professional tennis players to have a full vaccination course (unless positive). The French government, in view of Roland Garros, has established that it is necessary to have vaccinations or to have tested positive for Covid19 in the six months prior to the sporting event.
France, however, could only be a case and there could be tournaments that will only contemplate the first hypothesis illustrated by the French government.
Rusedski talks about Djokovic
In the interview, Greg Rusedski highlighted that there is a high possibility that Rafael Nadal will lift his "22nd Grand Slam" title at the French Open 2022.
However, he believes that such a thing will motivate Novak Djokovic, who will take it as a "challenge" and then try to win at Wimbledon and at the US Open 2022. "I always said that Djokovic would end up with more Grand Slams and I still think the same.
He is the best. The only place where Federer is dangerous is Wimbledon and we don't know how he will be physically. Possibly Nadal will win the 22nd Grand Slam at Roland Garros," said Rusedski. "I think Djokovic will accept the challenge and try to win Wimbledon and the US Open however he can.
We could easily finish 2022 with Nole and Rafa with 22 Grand Slams. We'll see what happens, but I think Djokovic will finish with more major titles," added the former World No. 4 player. "It has been without a doubt the greatest achievement that Nadal has achieved in his sports career.
It was an incredible final, one of the best Grand Slam finals in the history of tennis, not only because of its historical importance, but also because of the quality and intensity for more than five hours," mentioned Rusedski.