Former ATP ace praises Novak Djokovic's return

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Former ATP ace praises Novak Djokovic's return

The world of tennis and the issue of vaccinations: in the last two months these two issues have been closely related and more and more tournaments ask for a vaccination certificate to participate in the tournament. Total chaos broke out in Australia with the situation of the number one in the world, Novak Djokovic, first invited through an exemption and then banned from the country and consequently from the tournament after a long battle.

The Serbian champion has been unemployed since 2021 due to the issue of vaccines: the Serb tested positive for Coronavirus on December 16, but reported it only later and the situation has degenerated with many controversies around Novak.

Now the situation could get worse as more and more tournaments require the vaccine and the last to announce it is the Indian Wells Masters 1000, a tournament that will begin on March 10 and in which the Serbian surely wants to participate.

Now we have to understand how his delicate situation will evolve. The American tournament in these hours has issued a statement and has confirmed that to participate in the tournament a complete vaccination certificate is needed, a situation that would in fact exclude the current number one in the world from the tournament, who recently announced that he is not vaccinated.

It is becoming more and more evident that the Serbian tennis player has to make a decision and that only with the vaccine will he be able to really be part of the circuit, join all the tournaments and thus defend the title of number one in the world.

Castle opens up on Nole Djokovic

In a recent interview with Tennis365, Andrew Castle heaped praise on Novak Djokovic's ability to perform in big moments. Castle also stated that the Serb does simple things in an "imperceptibly brilliant" manner.

“I think that final against Nadal (in Australia) when he beat him for the loss of eight games in 2019 was the single highest standard performance I have seen in just about any sport. Every sport is about doing the basics superbly well.

That’s where I find the beauty in great sport and for me, Novak does the simple things almost imperceptibly brilliant," said Castle. The 58-year-old also noted that Djokovic possesses an incredible return which lands just "one inch from the baseline," neutralizing the effect of his opponent's serve.

“The return that lands one inch from the baseline and hits someone on the ankle from a great serve. We all know how difficult that is to play at that sort of level, especially on a big point, and he is so reliable," added the former British No. 1.