'I admire and respect Novak Djokovic because...', says legend



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'I admire and respect Novak Djokovic because...', says legend

Novak Djokovic played only one official tournament in 2022, not having taken part in the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue. The Serbian champion did not go beyond the quarters in Dubai, where he surrendered to a wild Jiri Vesely.

That defeat also cost him the first position of the ATP ranking in favor of Daniil Medvedev, who became the 27th number 1 in the history of men's tennis. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will have to miss the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, another blow in this troubled start to the season.

According to the latest news, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be able to participate in the Monte Carlo tournament and above all at Roland Garros. The imminent abolition of the Green Pass in France should give it the green light, even if it is too early to give us the balance.

The Monte Carlo Masters 1000 will begin on April 9th, while the second Major of the season will begin on May 22nd. Speaking at Eurosport, Chris Evert analyzed Nole's prospects in detail.

Evert on Novak Djokovic

"Every time Novak Djokovic plays in a tournament, it's better for tennis," Evert said.

"It's much more interesting for everyone. And the fact that he is one of the few players who can cause Nadal problems on clay makes me happy that he can play at Roland Garros. I was a big fan of the 'Big 3' and their rivalry.

I'm curious to see what happens." The 34-year-old was unable to defend his 2021 Australian Open crown in January following his deportation from the country, after a two-week saga over his vaccination status and visa.

"I have a lot of respect for anyone who has their beliefs and believes in them to the end," Evert said. "I'm a big supporter of the vaccine because I really think it helps fight the virus and saves lives.

So it's mixed feelings. I admire and respect Novak because he does what he feels. He is very honest and direct with what he feels. On the other hand, I am a big supporter of the vaccine. All I'm saying is that I'm not judging Novak in one way or another."

Standing firm on his stand of not getting vaccinated, Novak Djokovic has been struggling to play on the professional circuit since the start of the 2022 season. However, following his withdrawal from the Sunshine Double(Indian Wells and Miami), the Serbian has made the announcement about his next tournament.