Jimmy Connors says he is rooting for Novak Djokovic because he feels the Serb "has been screwed big time the last couple of years." Djokovic, a 22-time Grand Slam champion, is tied with Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 22 Majors.
Last year, Djokovic was denied participation at the Australian Open and US Open due to his vaccine stance. Also, Djokovic missed several Masters tournaments over the last two years due to his vaccine stance. Connors feels Djokovic - who turns 36 next week - was "screwed" in not being allowed to compete in some Grand Slams at this stage of his career.
Connors rooting for Djokovic
"I'm rooting for Djoker and here's why. I think he's been screwed the last couple of years, big time. I'm rooting for him to come through, he's already proven what he is, he's got 22 Grand Slams.
He's already proven how great he is and all that, but he has been kept from even extending that legacy. I don't know how long he's going to play He may play this year and one more year and then say, 'I'm done' You don't know.
I'm rooting for him to get through this year and have success because of that," Connors said on The Advantage Connors podcast, via Tennis-Infinity. In late 2022, Djokovic was informed that he was free to return to the Australian Open at the start of the 2023 season.
Djokovic enjoyed a triumphant return to Australia, capturing a record 10th Australian Open title. This month, the United States authorities officially ended their COVID-19 emergency policy - which means Djokovic is free to return to the US Open this year.
Barring an injury or some unexpected setback, Djokovic will compete in all four Grand Slams this year. Right now, Djokovic is focused on winning his 23rd Grand Slam title at the upcoming French Open.