After missing the Australian open last year due to its vaccination status, Novak Djokovic returned this year to Melbourne Park and reached the quarterfinals. The hope of the fans is that the Serbian plays all the great tournaments, but it is not an inevitable conclusion.
The former world number 1 had to skip both Indian Wells and Miami in 2022, as well as the Montreal and Cincinnati Summer Masters. The 21 times Slam champion expected the rules to change in time for the start of the US Open, but it was not so.
Nole could not even participate in the last Slam of 2022, giving way to Carlos Alcaraz. The problem is that the rules for the entry of foreigners in the US have not yet been modified and Novak is likely to have serious problems this year.
According to the latest reports, the restrictions should not be lifted until mid -April, which would force Djokovic to skip the "Sunshine Double". Indian Wells will be held from March 6 to 19 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (California), while the Miami Open will begin on March 20 at the Hard Rock Stadium (Florida).
The director of the Indian Wells tournament, Tommy Haas, reflected on the situation of Novak Djokovic: "If it remains healthy, it is very likely that we see him again at number 1. Obviously, there is the problem that it still cannot enter the United States.
The restrictions should be lifted towards mid -April, so they will not arrive on time for the 1000 Masters of Indian Wells and Miami. It would be great if we could get an exemption to allow Nole to play these two tournaments.
I think he wants to be there, so we will do everything possible to help you. Let's hope to do it. From my point of view, it would be a pity that it was not allowed to come. "The Serbian triumphed in Indian Wells in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, while in Miami won six times (2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 , 2015 and 2016).
Djokovic opens up about his son Stefan
During his on-court interview after the win, Novak Djokovic opened up about his eight-year-old son Stefan’s tennis ambitions. “He is playing, you know. He is enjoying himself.
The important thing is that he is just loving what he is doing, you know. Whether it is tennis, whatever sport, you know,” he said, “Of course, as a father, I want him to be active, be healthy. He loves tennis. He wants to watch every single match.
Whenever I’m at home, there is no tennis break for me because I play with him everyday,” he said, “It is the most beautiful thing that I could ever experience in my life, you know. Being a father of wonderful two little angels”.