'I meet people who talk about Novak Djokovic', says top analyst

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'I meet people who talk about Novak Djokovic', says top analyst

Novak Djokovic has been drawn into the Indian Wells draw, but it is not yet clear whether or not he will be able to enter the United States. Not being vaccinated against the Coronavirus, the world number 2 hopes to obtain an exemption from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in time to be able to compete in the first Masters 1000 of the season.

2022 did not start in the best way for the Serbian, who was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open due to the well-known events. Nole played his first and only tournament in Dubai, but his run was interrupted already in the quarterfinals at the hands of a wild Jiri Vesely.

The premature elimination in the Arab Emirates also cost him the leadership of the ATP ranking in favor of Daniil Medvedev, winner of the US Open 2021 and finalist of the Australian Open 2022. The Russian prevented Djokovic from completing the 'Calendar Grand Slam' last year .

Through his Twitter profile, Paul McNamee defended the 34-year-old from Belgrade from criticism.

McNamee opens up on Djokovic

“Unfortunately, wherever I go, be it golf, tennis or elsewhere, I meet people who talk about Novak Djokovic and want me to join them in attacking Novak Djokovic.

I immediately tell them: 'Do not say a word against him in my presence, because he is my friend. I think, in the end, that they respect its authenticity,” posted the Australian on Monday. The BNP Paribas Open released a statement on Djokovic’s participation.

The tournament organizers said that since he is on the entry list, Djokovic would be placed into the draw. Further, they were in communication with his team. However, it is unclear if he will participate in the event by getting CDC approval to enter the country.

The tournament organizers will provide more information on this in the future as things become clear. A recent article published in El Pais explored Novak Djokovic's love for Marbella, including some of his gastronomic preferences.

It was revealed in the article that Djokovic, who strictly follows a plant-based diet, prefers banana cake to anything else on the vegan menu whenever he is at the tennis club. “What he likes the most is the banana cake,” specified one of the employees.

The unnamed employee admitted to being a fan of Roger Federer but acknowledged that Djokovic was the "best of all." "(I support Federer) Although Novak is the best of all," added the employee.