'It's crazy to think that somebody in Novak Djokovic's position...', says expert

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'It's crazy to think that somebody in Novak Djokovic's position...', says expert

Casper Ruud has withdrawn from the Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men's Clay Court Championship. Ruud, who fell in the Miami Open final on Sunday, indicated that he has been struggling with his wisdom teeth in recent days, which led to his decision.

"Hi Houston, I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am that I won't be able to come to your event this year and play the tournament," Ruud said in a video message (WATCH HERE). “I really wanted to go back to River Oaks, to try to do my best to win a title there at your club.

“In the last three or four days I have been fighting a pain in my wisdom tooth, which unfortunately does not go away. It's a tough decision, but I have to go home and fix it. I hope to be able to return one day, and hopefully next year I will be back at River Oaks.

Good luck for the tournament and see you soon”. The No. 7 player in the ATP Rankings, Ruud was scheduled to be the top seed at the upcoming tournament at River Oaks Country Club. The seven-time title winner was runner-up when the tournament was last held in 2019.

One lucky loser, a player who lost in the final round of qualifying and registers as a substitute, will replace Ruud in Monday's draw. in the afternoon. That player will take Ruud's place at the top of the draw and receive a bye in the first round.

He will face 2019 US Clay semifinalist Daniel Elahi Galán or two-time River Oaks runner-up Sam Querrey. Novak Djokovic has time and again stressed that he is opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine even though he does not consider himself to be an anti-vaxxer.

Steckley praises Nole Djokovic

Canadian tennis coach Rob Steckley recently lauded Novak Djokovic's dedication to his principles, explaining how it takes a great deal of courage for someone, especially in the Serb's position, to go against the tide.

"Nadal and Djokovic are incredible at being able to stay out on the road," Steckley began. "I think they're at a different stage in their career or whatever, they want to accomplish different things."

The Canadian explained that it takes a great deal of courage for Djokovic to stick to his principles, given that his actions always come under scrutiny due to his status in the sport. "You have Djokovic who is sticking to his beliefs on you know against, what was it, not getting fully vaccinated? I'm definitely not statistically inclined so bear with me, but I do know that his beliefs are something that he believes in and that's what he stands by and it's crazy to think that somebody that's in his position is going to stick to his guns amongst everything that's happening against the world. So he's basically going against it. I find that also incredibly admirable," Steckley added.