'I missed Novak Djokovic down there', says former ATP ace



by SIMONE BRUGNOLI

'I missed Novak Djokovic down there', says former ATP ace

After the tournaments in Montpellier and Pune, this week the ATP circuit moves to the Netherlands and the United States with the ATP tournaments in Rotterdam and Dallas. In the Top Ten there is no upheaval with tennis players who gain or lose points but not positions.

In the Top 5 the only one to gain is Alexander Zverev, a defeated finalist in France while Medvedev loses 500 points and temporarily moves away from Nole's leadership. Attention to Jannik Sinner: the blue has lost points, Hurkacz has approached and at the moment the South Tyrolean is stopped for Covid (we find the opportunity to wish him the best of wishes for a speedy recovery).

In the coming weeks it will be necessary to understand the date of his return and whether he will be able to maintain his position in the ranking at least temporarily. The first real change comes with the Russian Aslan Karatsev who improves his Best Ranking and becomes number 14 in the world.

Novak Djokovic has for long been in a strained relation with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Even though he served as the president of the ATP Players Council for some time, he soon resigned from the post to create PTPA in 2020.

Castle talks about Djokovic

In a recent interview with Tennis365, Andrew Castle joked that there should have been a camera on Novak Djokovic when Rafael Nadal won his 21st Major at the 2022 Australian Open. “The only camera we were missing down in Australia was one on Novak’s face on match point when Nadal made it to No.

21. After seeing that, I can imagine Novak’s motivation will be 100 percent moving forward," said Castle. In the interview, Castle said he missed seeing Djokovic at the Australian Open regardless of the way the Serb conducted himself.

“While we rightly celebrated that magnificent final with Nadal and (Daniil) Medvedev, Djokovic has won that tournament nine times and we just want to see him there," said Castle. “I want to see the very best giving it one last slog over the next year, two years or three years, so I missed Novak down there, regardless of my personal opinion of the way he conducted himself," added the former British No.

1. While speaking through the podcast, Mektic criticized ATP and supported the PTPA. He favored the singles World No. 1 saying, “We are absolutely with Novak. I know much less than Novak”.

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