2022 has been a great year for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian phenomenon paid dearly for his decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, since he was unable to participate in two Slams. The former world No. 1 was kicked out of Australia earlier in the year and - for the same reason - also had to miss the US Open.
However, the 35-year-old from Belgrade revived his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career. In addition to equaling his idol Pete Sampras, Novak closed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the ranking of all Grand Slams.
According to the latest reports, Goran Ivanisevic's protégé is expected to play the Australian Open 2023 on a regular basis. In fact, the new government has lifted all sanitary measures for entering the country.
A few days ago, Serbian Davis Cup captain Victor Troicki announced that Djokovic will miss his national team's upcoming Davis Cup match "for personal reasons." According to the Croatian newspaper "Jutarnji list", Novak's absence is due to the marriage of his brother Djordje.
The latter will marry his partner Saska Veselinov in a church in Belgrade on September 12. The whole Djokovic family will be present at the wedding and then they will stay for a few days in Montenegro, in the famous town of Herceg Novi.
Recently, well-known radio host Clay Travis praised Nole for his bravery: "He gave up two Slams to stay true to his principles."
Nole Djokovic missed the 2022 US Open
Hedge fund manager and billionaire investor Bill Ackman spoke about Novak Djokovic.
"So about 15, 16 months ago, Novak Djokovic and a good friend of mine, Rebecca Macdonald met and she called and said look, Novak and Vasek are putting together something to help the players, maybe you can help, and I viewed this as a purely philanthropic thing.
I love tennis, and I'm super passionate about the game and I understood the plight of the player. I actually backed a guy, Matija Pecotic," Ackman said. "He wanted to go on the tour, but the economics make it impossible unless you have a trust fund or a backer, and i was like, fine, i'll back you.
He spent about $350,000 a year, travel, hotel, coach, couldn't afford a physio but from all that he went from nothing to 200 in the world and he was fastest ever, so i thought, okay, i've really got something here, and then he got injured," he added.