It is fast approaching the start of Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic is the big favorite for bookmakers, followed by Matteo Berrettini. The blue won in Stuttgart and the Queen's, demonstrating that the final reached in London last year was no accident.
Rafael Nadal is in the second row, followed by compatriot Carlos Alcaraz. The 36-year-old Majorcan managed to relieve his foot pain thanks to a new treatment, but hasn't won at Church Road since 2010. Alcaraz, for his part, has very little experience on grass and has not played any preparatory tournaments due to an elbow discomfort.
As everyone knows, Wimbledon will not award ATP points this year, a decision that has sparked countless controversies. The ATP wanted to sanction Wimbledon for excluding Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the 2022 edition.
Djokovic and Berrettini, the two finalists of the last edition, will pay the price in the men's field. Both are destined to lose many positions in the standings, regardless of their performance in London. In an interview with 'Mail Plus', John McEnroe lashed out against this decision.
McEnroe talks about Djokovic
In an interview with Mail Plus, American John McEnroe, initially opposed to Wimbledon's decision to exclude the Russians and Belarusians, just as strongly criticizes the response of the ATP and the WTA, consisting in removing the points from the London Grand Slam.
The former number 1 especially sympathizes with Novak Djokovic who will lose very big. “It’s laughable, you penalize someone who wins. Like Djokovic. This guy was against that decision. He gets kicked out of Australia, goes to Wimbledon, works and doesn't even get points if he wins again.
You lose places in the standings, it's completely crazy", dropped "Big Mac", in incomprehension. The seeding doesn’t comply with the ATP and WTA ranking, as many players in the top 100 will miss the tournament because of the ban.
ATP World No.1 Daniil Medvedev, No.8 Andrey Rublev and No.22 Karen Khachanov will be sitting out due to the ban. In addition, the World No.2 Alexander Zverev will also be absent owing to the ankle injury that he suffered in the semifinals of French Open.
Complying with Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian players this year, Daniil Medvedev will be enjoying the 2022 Wimbledon Championship from the comfort of his home. As a result, like other tennis fans, Medvedev recently picked his favorite for the title.
Going back in time, the on-court rivalry between Djokovic and Medvedev dates back to 2017 when the two first played. Ever since then, the two today stand with ten meetings, of which Djokovic leads with six.