Brad Gilbert thought Novak Djokovic would be unstoppable around this time but then the whole COVID thing happened and the Serb's future on the Tour is now uncertain. Djokovic won three Grand Slams last year but he didn't face any problems while entering tournaments unvaccinated.
Now, as an unvaccinated individual he is facing certain challenges as he wasn't allowed to compete at the Australian Open and he was also denied entry into the United States. "Before any of this with COVID happened, I thought that Novak Djokovic would be unstoppable around this time.
[But now], it's all just a mystery with him," Gilbert said on the latest episode of the Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "I just think that when you get so much equity by winning matches - which he had tons of - and all of a sudden you're not playing and all these things that happened with COVID, I think it's been mentally taxing."
Djokovic expected to be allowed to play at the French Open
France recently lifted its vaccine mandate and Djokovic is expected to be allowed to compete at the Monte Carlo Masters and French Open. "Now, it's kind of forgotten, but that guy has been there the whole time.
All of a sudden, he's gone," Gilbert said. "I think even if [Novak Djokovic] gets to play all through Europe, I gotta see results and I gotta see how he gets his game back. Maybe he will get it back." Also, Gilbert mentioned he would like to see Carlos Alcaraz clash Djokovic.
"I wanna see Carlos Alcaraz play [Novak Djokovic]. I think Alcaraz is going to come on court and play him and think, 'Okay, he's not the same.' I think if someone has to play him in the fourth round of the slam, if you like to bet, put a few on Alcaraz," Gilbert said. "He's right there and I like his chances of winning one of the next four Slams."