2022 continues to be a year full of surprises and problems for the now former world number one Novak Djokovic. Everyone now knows the story concerning the Serbian tennis player, absent from the last Australian Open. Initially Novak, a tennis player who refused to undergo the Covid vaccine, had received a medical exemption to participate in the tournament, but after a long dispute with the Australian government, the twenty-time Grand Slam winner was eventually turned down.
losing the chance to win the twenty-first title and above all seeing his great rival Rafael Nadal triumph, now the only player among men with 21 Grand Slams in history. Since several countries around the world exclude non-vaccinated athletes, no one knows the real tennis player schedule.
An example comes from the Indian Wells tournament, the next Masters 1000 on the calendar: Novak is registered in the Tournament Entry List, but cannot participate given the current rules in the tournament. In the last hours, the umpteenth surprising news of this 2022 has arrived about Novak Djokovic.
This was communicated on Tennis Majors by the Balkan journalist Sasà Ozmo, a character very close to the Serbian champion's clan. Marian Vajda, historic coach of the tennis player, in recent years paired with former Croatian champion Goran Ivanisevic, is no longer the coach of Novak Djokovic.
The coach was not present in Dubai last week and did not attend Nole's tennis match from the Turin ATP Finals. However, he had given an interview during the Australian Open to defend the choices of his now former assisted and Vajda continues to have an excellent relationship with Nole.
Patrick Mouratoglou comments on Djokovic
Renowned coach Patrick Mouratoglou has described Novak Djokovic's Covid-19 vaccine stance as "courageous" and believes the Serb's choice illustrates why he is a great champion.
"I think that Novak's choice is courageous," Mouratgolou said. "He explains to the entire world why he is such a champion. He is not scared by what is going to happen to him and he accepts the consequences of it.
People can have the feeling that he puts tennis second and in a way he does - for the first time in his life probably. He probably believes that the other quest is bigger than tennis. He now knows that not being vaccinated puts him at risk of not becoming the greatest player of all time," Mouratoglou continued.
"And knowing that, he says - 'I keep my line, I'm not gonna get vaccinated.' Unfortunately, we live in a world where we don't respect the belief of the people so much, and I think it's a great asset to stick to what you deeply believe. He doesn't believe in vaccination, which again, is his right."