'It is clearly out of Novak Djokovic's best interest to...', says ATP ace



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'It is clearly out of Novak Djokovic's best interest to...', says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic will be able to defend his Roland Garros title with the current health situation, confirmed this Wednesday the new director of the tournament, Amelie Mauresmo, who warned that the evolution of the pandemic may force the French government to introduce restrictions.

"Nothing is against the return of Djokovic," said Mauresmo at the press conference to present the news of the Grand Slam on clay that begins in two months. The former number one in the world, who replaced Guy Forget at the head of the tournament a little over three months ago, assured that "in any case there will be the best possible representation" The president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Gilles Moretton, owner of Roland Garros, specified that the participation of Djokovic, who could not play the last Australian Open due to his refusal to be vaccinated against covid, is subject to the restrictions imposed by the Gallic Executive.

"It does not depend on us. There is a virus that is circulating, we are attentive, cautious with what has been happening for two years. The Government has taken measures and we are not on the sidelines. For now we all think that things are going well," he assured.

In that sense, she pointed out that with the elimination of most of the restrictions, in 2022 "a Roland Garros at full capacity" will be experienced again, without public limitation. The mask will continue to be mandatory in closed places and for all those who are in contact with tennis players, while a high level of surveillance will be maintained with rapid tests for those who have the least symptom.

Opelka talks about Djokovic

Reilly Opelka bestowed high praise on Novak Djokovic in a recent interview, remarking that the World No. 2 is a "man of principle" for his willingness to stand up for other players even when it was not in his best interest to do so.

"The fact that [Novak Djokovic] is still willing to fight for other players is [remarkable]. It is clearly out of his best interest to do so. He really is a man of principle and we have to respect that. One thing you can never call him is a hypocrite," Opelka said.

"He says what he believes in. I really enjoy spending time with him when I have [got the opportunity to] chat with him. I respect him for a lot of reasons." Regarding the World No. 2's views on vaccination, a stance that has been hotly debated over the last few months, Reilly Opelka asserted that he had the "right intentions."

"[He] does have the right intentions when it comes to vaccinations, there's no doubt about it. He's more than okay from a financial standpoint," Opelka said. "His grand kids and his great kids are going to be just fine in terms of finances and I think that's what shows a lot about his character."