Serbian Novak Djokovic assured that the ranking is no longer a priority for him and that it will affect other tennis players more than him, despite the fact that he will lose 2,000 points due to the decision of the ATP not to deliver points due to the Wimbledon ban on Russians and Belarusians compete.
"It's going to affect other tennis players more than me," Djokovic told a news conference. "I don't want to say that they are not important, but for me they are not as important as before. Now I am not chasing the ranking as before, when I wanted to break Federer's record.
It's not that important in terms of priority. I haven't been able to defend 4,000 points between Australia and here, that affects me, but my priorities are other" "I don't entirely agree with banning Russians and Belarusians from playing.
I don't see how they can have helped everything that has happened. I don't see it fair. If it happened to me, without having contributed to the conflict, I would not see it as fair. I would like to remind that between 1992 and 1996 the Serbs were unable to compete at the international level.
I know how you can feel", he added. On his preparation for Wimbledon, where he can win his fourth title in a row, Djokovic pointed out that he has not played any preparation tournament, but that it is not new for him to win the title here without warm-up tournaments.
"There's no reason to think I can't do it again," he added. The Serbian, winner of six Wimbledons, could not play another Grand Slam this year, if the US government maintains the ban on people entering the country without being vaccinated against covid.
"I can't play the US Open right now. I'm aware, of course, that's why it's an extra motivation to do well here. I'll have to wait and see how things are. I can't do much more, it's the government that has to decide," he added.
Novak Djokovic will face a new challenge
"Some wonderful memories for me for the last three editions of Wimbledon and hopefully I can continue that run. I didn't have any lead-up tournaments to Wimbledon but I have had success at Wimbledon in the past without having any official matches and tournaments.
I just had one exhibition match a few days ago in Hurlingham," Novak Djokovic said. "But over the years, as I said, I have had success with adapting quickly to the surface so there is no reason not to believe that I cannot do it again and I am of course very pleased and happy to be back at the tournament that was always my childhood dream tournament and the one that I always wanted to win," he added.
Novak Djokovic was also asked whether the lack of ranking points would affect the way he approached the tournament. "It would probably affect players other than myself to be honest because I dont want to say the ranking points are not important for me - of course they are - but not as they were until recently."