Novak Djokovic's 2022 started in the worst way. The Serbian champion only played in the Dubai tournament this year, losing in the quarterfinals to a wild Jiri Vesely. His choice not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 prevented him from defending the title at the Australian Open, as well as suffering serious damage to his image.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion lost the leadership of the ATP ranking to Daniil Medvedev, who had just returned from the terrible insult in the Happy Slam final. Strict US regulations forced Nole to also give up the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, despite the fact that 'Djoker' did everything possible to enter the US (consulting the CDC).
To see the number 2 ATP again on the field we will have to wait for the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, given that France will eliminate the vaccination pass from 14 March. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will be able to play Roland Garros, where he made a memorable ride last year.
To Eurosport's microphones, Alex Corretja focused on the moment he is experiencing 'Djoker'
Corretja opens up on Djokovic
Alex Corretja also asserted that top players like Novak Djokovic tend to choose coaches who are former elites, or who have already had success as a coach.
"I think these kinds of top players, we see that they all need a super ex-coach or a super ex-player, someone who knows the feeling of being there, and they need someone that they have got a lot of confidence in," Corretja said.
"Someone that is doing the dirty job, let's say. Marian [Vajda] - he is an ex-coach, an ex-player, he is someone that knows the game very well. It is very uncommon that this kind of profile goes away because usually, they are rotating the other ones, but this one stays there forever, almost.
Especially with players that last a very long time, but this shows that, in the end, maybe Novak needs some fresh things, and maybe Marian feels that he cannot give it to him," Corretja added. "Or maybe Marian feels like, 'okay, I have already given you enough, and I need to rest and I need to think about myself and about my family'"
Recently, at an event in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic showed off his basketball skills. In the video snippet he is seen dribbling a basketball between his legs, in true professional fashion. The match he went to watch was a part of the Euro League.
Djokovic was there to support his home team of KK Crvena zvezda mts. This is a professional men’s basketball team and is a part of the Red Star multi-sports club.