'Any opponent against Novak Djokovic will be highly motivated to...', says expert

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by Simone Brugnoli
'Any opponent against Novak Djokovic will be highly motivated to...', says expert

Novak Djokovic received great news after winning his 22nd Slam in Melbourne and will be able to participate in the next US Open. In fact, on May 11, 2023, President Joe Biden will declare the end of the Covid emergency in the US.

and it will no longer be necessary to show a vaccination certificate to enter the country. However, the Serbian is expected to miss the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000, scheduled between the second week of March and the first week of April.

Tommy Haas, director of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, expressed his opinion on the matter and reiterated: "It would be nice if the rule was changed a little earlier and Djokovic could play Indian Wells and Miami. I think he is very motivated, so we have to give him the opportunity.

Hopefully we can have it." Djordje Djokovic, Novak's brother, provided some important information in an interview to the Tanjug news agency. According to Djordje, Djokovic has submitted valid documentation to receive special permission to play in the US in March.

"This is something that is beyond our control. Novak needs special permission, considering that the US. still does not allow entry to unvaccinated people. Which is amazing, because all over the world sporting events are held with vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes.

Novak has submitted all the necessary documentation, and the directors of both tournaments have publicly stated that both events need him. There are a few days left and they will make a decision, hopefully it will be positive." Djordje then spoke about the next edition of the Serbian Open.

"We expect a large number of tennis players in the top 10 and top 20."

Patrick McEnroe speaks about Djokovic

Realistic or a bit chauvinistic, Patrick McEnroe? During his latest Holding Court podcast alongside Brad Gilbert, the former No.

28 player in the world was particularly optimistic about the generation of American players that is hatching. A generation that could, according to him, dethrone Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon. “I think the group of young Americans who have proven themselves lately can be a solid alternative to Djokovic.

Any opponent against the Serb will be highly motivated to break his winning streak in London and I have a feeling there are a number of players from our country who would be capable of doing that. You have to take into account Fritz, who reached the quarter-finals last year, but I also consider Shelton to be very dangerous on the grass.

I think he can adapt his tennis very well to this surface if he manages to interpret the rebound of the ball well, "said Patrick before also citing Tommy Paul and Sebastian Korda among this group of players capable of worrying the world number one on grass.

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