It was one of the most interesting quarrels of these days, but in the end the result was the most obvious one. Novak Djokovic will not participate in the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments, the first two Masters 1000 of the season and of the American tour.
The Serbian champion had been announced on the draw and started as seeded number two, but in the end the player was unable to enter the United States. It is now known that the 34-year-old has decided not to carry out the vaccine for Covid-19 and in this 2022 he risks skipping many tournaments.
The Belgrade native will miss the Californian tournament starting this week, after having missed the Australian Open and having lost a great chance in view of the Grand Slam, with important repercussions in the ATP world rankings.
In place of him, the Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov will enter the main draw, whose position will instead be occupied by a lucky loser coming from the qualifiers. The story has again created a situation of main draw different from the traditional one: the Russian Andrey Rublev will benefit, who on paper has a fairly clear road up to the semifinals (albeit with some obstacles that should not be underestimated).
Through his social channels Novak Djokovic officially confirmed the news and thus extinguished any doubt and alleged controversy. On social media the Serbian tennis player said: "While I was automatically listed in the BNP Paribas Open and at the Miami event, I knew it would be unlikely to be able to travel."
Pepe Imaz on Novak Djokovic
In a recent interview with AS.com, Pepe Imaz hailed Novak Djokovic, claiming that the Serb has done everything in his career with "the best intention and desire to help" others. "As I feel and observe him, everything he has done, he has done with the best intention and desire to help and contribute from the status he has in the world of tennis.
He has done it from the heart. Some things have been more successful or less. He is a human being and he learns," said Imaz. Asked if he had any insight on how Djokovic used to overcome controversies in the past, Imaz stated that the Serb received his criticism with "acceptance and learning."
"For some, he was wrong and he lived the criticism and received it with acceptance and learning. He thus took them better and digested them. He accepted the right of the opinion of many people, although sometimes we do it too lightly.
The information arrives very blurred and is not very close to reality. Still people dare to throw opinions," added the former Spanish player.