'Playing grass for Novak Djokovic is a different...', says former star

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'Playing grass for Novak Djokovic is a different...', says former star

2022 is a really tough year for the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic. The now former world number one started the season with the long dispute with the organizers of the Australian Open. The refusal to be vaccinated and his expulsion from the first Slam of the year were only the beginning of a turbulent year that changed his image and forced the tennis player to remain out of action for several months.

The clay-court season seemed to have turned things around for the better, Novak winning the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome without dropping a set, but suffered another setback in Paris. Things were looking good at Roland Garros, but Djokovic lost the challenge of challenges against his great rival Rafael Nadal, collapsing in the quarterfinals.

A great blow for Djokovic, now two Slams behind the Majorcan champion (22 titles to 20). But also, the bad news did not end there. The Wimbledon tournament will be played without winning points and the athletes, Djokovic above all, will lose what they won last season.

For his part, Djokovic has not only lost the top spot, but risks losing many more (almost certainly) in the coming weeks. Barring surprises, Djokovic will not be able to participate in the US Open (given the vaccination regulations in the United States) and even the finals seem a long way off.

A nightmare 2022, perhaps the worst year of the extraordinary career of the Serbian champion. Former champion John McEnroe defended "Nole" at the Mail Plus microphones, here are his words: "Wimbledon? I think it's a ridiculous decision, because it unfairly penalizes the winner of the tournament," McEnroe began with great candor.

Nole Djokovic is ready

21-time doubles Grand Slam champion Pam Shriver, speaking to PICKSWISE, said Novak Djokovic will be gunning to win his first Major of the year. “He has the hunger and desire to do well. He won’t want [Rafael] Nadal to go three Grand Slams ahead of him after defeat in France and the debacle in Australia earlier this year,” Shriver said.

The 59-year-old said that Djokovic is a fantastic player on grass courts and backed him to defend his Wimbledon title this year. “He is my favorite to win. His grass-court game is superb, he’s won the last two Wimbledons played, and I feel like the French Open getting back to the five-set format, I think he’ll be much more ready for this compared to Paris. Playing grass for him is a different ball game compared to clay,” Shriver said.