Novak Djokovic has encountered a lot of difficulties at the start of the season. His choice not to get vaccinated has put him in uncomfortable situations, especially in Australia, where he has suffered serious damage to his image (in addition to not having defended the title at the Australian Open).
The world number 2 raced in the ATP 500 in Dubai, but the accumulated rust cost him the elimination in the quarters at the hands of the revived Jiri Vesely. His premature departure from the UAE caused him to lose the leadership of the ATP ranking in favor of Daniil Medvedev, who became the 27th number 1 in the history of men's tennis.
A few days ago, it became official that Nole will not be able to participate in the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. “Even though I was automatically enrolled in Indian Wells and Miami, I knew it was unlikely to travel to the US.
The CDC has confirmed to me that the regulations will not change, so I will not be able to play these two Masters 1000” - wrote the 20-time Grand Slam champion on social media. In a long interview with the Serbian broadcaster 'RTV Novi Pazar', promising young Hamad Medjedovic praised Novak's availability.
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"I have been training at the Novak Djokovic's structure for about a year and a half," Medjedovic told Serbian TV channel RTV Novi Pazar. "His success is incredible.
We have good contact. We see each other often and he is always ready to give some useful advice to the young tennis players. I must also mention the support of the Tennis Association of Serbia. They selflessly help young players in every sense, as much as they can."
Medjedovic also spoke about his goals for this season. The Serb said he is aiming to reach the top 300 by the end of the year and qualify for next year's Australian Open. "The goal is to win as many points as possible in the next period and to advance on the ATP list.
I am ready to welcome the season on clay. I started preparations before December and worked hard until mid-January. Now it needs to be confirmed at tournaments. I would be pleased to be among the top 300 by the end of the year and to qualify for the Australian Open.
It is ambitious, but in my team we think I can achieve that," he said. The former world no.1 intends to make his appearance on the European clay season. According to Djokovic’s official website, he will next play at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.