'Tough to say because Novak Djokovic has more than one', says expert



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'Tough to say because Novak Djokovic has more than one', says expert

Novak Djokovic has encountered many difficulties in these first months of 2022. The world number 1 has paid a very high price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, not having been able to defend the title at the Australian Open.

At the end of a soap opera that lasted for almost two weeks, the Serbian phenomenon was expelled from the country and suffered serious damage to its image. Due to strict US regulations, the 34-year-old from Belgrade also had to skip the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.

It took Nole some time to get back in good shape, but now he is the big favorite for the win at Roland Garros. The 20-time Grand Slam champion won at the BNL Internationals of Italy for the sixth time in his glorious career, issuing a clear warning to all his rivals.

Novak will be called to defend the title he won in Paris last year, when he came back two sets behind Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. During a question and answer session organized by Lacoste, its historic manager Edoardo Artaldi identified the greatest qualities of the Serbian.

Artaldi reflects on Novak Djokovic

"Tough to say because Novak Djokovic has more than one. If I can choose one from his tennis profession and one from his private life, I would say, his determination on one side and on the other his generosity."

The World No. 1 returned the compliments, saying his manager was like a family member and a father figure to him. "Eduardo, he is more than an agent to me. He is a family member. He is a friend. He is like an older brother and a father figure as well you know.

I think the first Grand Slam that we won together, you know in Australia. For me, also it was a very special one because it was the first Grand Slam together." As compared to 2021, the tournament has increased the total purse by more than 25%.

The prize pool for this year’s French Open is set at 43.6m Euros. Further, winners in the men’s and women’s singles will pocket a whooping €2,200,000 each. Meanwhile, the runners-up will receive half of the prize money as that for the winners.

Semifinalists and quarterfinalists will get €600,000 and €380,000, respectively. Further, players making it to the pre-quarterfinals in singles will pocket €220,000. Players losing in the third, second, and the first round of the singles competition will receive €125,800, €86,000, and €62,000, respectively.