ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi is happy to see Novak Djokovic kicking off his season in Dubai as he is hoping the Serb plays the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic wasn't allowed to play the Australian Open because he wasn't fully vaccinated.
The Monte Carlo Masters, which starts on April 10, will require players to be fully vaccinated. “Novak has already planned to play in Dubai, so of course this is good news," Gaudenzi said in his interview with Eurosport, per Sportskeeda.
“We want to see Novak happy and healthy, and we want to see him play. We want the best players for the best tournaments and he is one of them. It's one of the most important events on the calendar."
Djokovic set to address the Australia saga
Djokovic met with Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic last week and revealed he plans to address the Australia visa debacle in the near future.
"Thank you for the welcome," Djokovic said last Thursday. "Today I wanted to see you, as a citizen of Serbia, to thank you for your support, as well as all the institutions during the unfortunate events in Australia. Although I was detained alone, I did not feel lonely, I had the support of my family, friends, the entire Serbian people, many well-meaning people from all over the world tried personally and publicly to make my time in Australia easier.
You had no obligation to provide support, but I want you to know that I feel great gratitude that you stood up for me, put yourself in a compromising situation. That is appreciated and respected, I will remember it for a long time and my connection and my attitude towards the Serbian people is getting stronger day by day.
Those circumstances that happened to me in Australia taught me and that bond will last forever. Since I did not speak before, please be patient, in the next seven to ten days I will address in more detail everything that happened in Australia." Djokovic is a four-time finalist in Monte Carlo as he has two titles at the tournament.