2022 was not an easy year for Novak Djokovic. The former world number 1 has in fact paid the consequences of his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus and has not been able to compete in two Grand Slams. The Serbian champion has missed the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as suffering serious damage to his image.
These were two events in which he would be the number 1 favorite for the final victory. As if that were not enough, Nole also had to give up all the American Masters 1000 and fell in the ATP ranking. The 35-year-old from Belgrade lifted his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career, but the failure to award points - due to the exclusion of Russian tennis players - damaged him considerably.
By winning Church Road for the fourth time in a row, the 'Djoker' has managed to close the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. After playing the Laver Cup, Goran's protege Ivanisevic flew to Israel to play the Tel Aviv ATP.
At the press conference, Djokovic talked about his little wrist problem and revealed that he wants to play for a long time.
Djokovic is ready
“I still want to play tennis even though I achieved pretty much everything that you can achieve in tennis," said Novak Djokovic.
"I still have passion and hunger to play at a highest professional level”. Novak Djokovic is set to play in Israel for the first time in nearly two decades. “I was committed to play at Laver Cup, and I also wanted to play for three weeks in a row, so Tel Aviv was a perfect choice for me,” said the Serb.
“Also because I haven't been here for a while, and the last time here, I had a fantastic experience”. The World No. 7 said about playing doubles with Erlich - who is retiring this week: “He agreed to play with me!
It's the other way around. That’s his last tournament, and I am honoured to be next to him on the court at this time, in front of his crowd in his hometown. Hopefully it won't be just one match; we will try to go as far as possible”.
Novak Djokovic has had a turbulent year and his schedule kept getting turned upside down. Absent in Australia, forbidden to travel to “Uncle Sam”, the Serb had to change his habits to be able to play. We recall that he has only played seven tournaments this year so far.
Arriving in Israel, he first provided details about his wrist injury. “I trained for almost two hours and everything went well. I feel good. Happy that the mini‐injury is now behind me even if I knock on wood”, declared the Serb before specifying why he came to Israel.