Novak Djokovic has had a lot of difficulties this year, due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. After missing out on a 'schedule Grand Slam' in 2021, the former ATP No. 1 was forced to miss both the Australian Open and the US Open.
Also, due to his vaccination status, the Serbian phenomenon had to miss all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). The 35-year-old from Belgrade revived his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time of his career, but still plummeted down the standings for lack of points.
In addition to equaling his idol Pete Sampras, Novak closed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the ranking of all Slams. Thanks to his success in London, Goran Ivanisevic's protégé has a good chance of participating in the ATP Finals in Turin.
As all fans will remember, Djokovic was kicked out of Australia earlier in the year after a soap opera that lasted nearly two weeks. Due to his "unvaccinated" status, the 21-time Slam champion had to leave Melbourne despite having a valid medical exemption.
Although the next "Happy Slam" is still several months away, there are already doubts about whether Novak will be able to travel to Australia in 2023. Through his Twitter profile, the well-known journalist Luis Alfredo Álvarez provided an important update on the matter: "Yesterday I heard from Craig Tiley and he told me that Novak Djokovic will definitely play the Australian Open 2023."
Let's remember that the new government has decided to lift all sanitary measures for entering the country.
Djokovic will compete at the Tel Aviv Open
Hedge fund manager and billionaire investor Bill Ackman commented on Novak Djokovic.
"Actually, Novak deserves credit for setting up the ptpa he stepped back after I got involved and Pospisil has been leading the charge for the PTPA. But what I quickly realized is we wouldn't make this organization work as a philanthropic organization.
Novak is not an investor in the entity, in fact, we're returning the capital to people (players) who put up capital to start the PTPA. This is for all of the players. Novak Djokovic needs this organization the least, he didn't start this for himself, he did it for legacy reasons, he knows about how hard it is," Ackman added.
Novak Djokovic will now compete at the Tel Aviv Open in Israel as the top seed. The Serb last took part in the Wimbledon Championships in July.