'The good news for Novak Djokovic is that...', says former ATP star



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'The good news for Novak Djokovic is that...', says former ATP star

For the first time since the inception of the ATP rankings in August 1973, the next Wimbledon will not offer ATP points. The organizers of the most prestigious Major had confirmed that Russian and Belarusian players would not be able to compete in this year's event at the All England Club.

The ATP Tour was opposed to this decision from the beginning and announced the big news on Friday. In this way, the players will fight for the Wimbledon trophy and the prize money without the possibility of adding notable points to their account.

Thus, the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, will lose 2,000 points compared to the previous season, and someone will replace him on the ATP throne on July 11, even if the Serbian defends both titles in Paris and London!

The ATP 500 event at Queen's and the ATP 250 at Eastbourne will hold ATP points to make things even more confusing. In last year's Wimbledon final, Novak lifted the All England Club's sixth trophy with a 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 win over Matteo Berrettini.

It was Novak's 20th Major crown, putting him level with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the first time during their rivalry. Novak had his serve broken twice when he was already ahead. He stole 40% of return points and converted them on six breaks from 15 chances.

Djokovic had 31 winners and 21 unforced errors and played his best when he mattered most to secure his sixth Wimbledon crown and third in a row. Berrettini fended off a set point at 2-5 in the opener, recovered the break and took the set in the tie break for a huge boost.

Djokovic wants his 21st Grand Slam

Speaking about Novak Djokovic's return at Roland Garros, Somdev Devvarman, a former tennis player, acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead of him. "The good news for Novak despite losing the semis to Alcaraz in Madrid, he's gone ahead and won the title in Rome and he's won it fairly convincingly.

I think when it comes to Novak, he's definitely going into the French Open with as good as the form he can expect and he for sure would have liked to have won a title and the fact that he's won a huge title in Rome is going to give him confidence and I think he's going to be exactly where he wants to be," Devvarman said.

Devvarman added that he wasn't surprised by Djokovic's surprising losses early on in his comeback. The Indian added that his lack of match play hampered his form. "The World No. 1 needs tennis matches under his belt, the World No.

1 needs to be sharp, have wins, win tournaments, you know, feel like he's out there playing his best tennis," Devvarman said.