In recent weeks, the 'Association Tennis Professionals' (ATP) led by Italian Andrea Gaudenzi has urged players to receive their dose of vaccine when this is possible, promising numerous benefits and benefits in return.
Not everyone, however, agreed: among them the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who had already shown some reluctance regarding vaccines in the past. In an interview also published on the EssentiallySports website, the 18-race Grand Slam champion explained the reasons for his disagreement with the ATP.
“I've heard that players who get vaccinated will get benefits and better housing conditions,” commented Nole. "There are many unknowns, ambiguities and illogical things" The world number one also suggested that the Association Tennis Professionals submit to the rules set by the management of the different tournaments on the Tour, instead of following its own protocols: “I can't say anything until the ATP makes a decision, at least as far as our sport is concerned ”.
Last year, the Belgrade champion created the controversial PTPA ('Professional Tennis Players Association') together with the Canadian Vasek Pospisil, an institution created in open contrast to the ATP with the aim of satisfying 100% the requests of the players, many of them dissatisfied with the management of the pandemic.
Djokovic has decided to take part in the Serbia Open, an event on the major circuit staged from 2009 to 2012 and then canceled, to be brought back to the calendar only starting this year. Novak's last success in Belgrade dates back to ten years ago, when he defeated Feliciano Lopez in the last match with a score of 7-6 6-3.
In 2012 our Andreas Seppi triumphed, champion in the final over Frenchman Benoit Paire in two sets. Meanwhile, Filip Krajinovic and Dusan Lajovic - both on the draw in Belgrade - have received the vaccine. Novak Djokovic picked up a comfortable win over Kwon Soon-woo in the second round of the Serbia Open on Wednesday.
The Serb will now take on compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 event. He also talked about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
"We have probably convinced many that we can play perfectly every week for the rest of our lives, but that is not possible," Novak Djokovic said.
"There is nothing strange about that, it just happens to be a weak week, the opponent is good and that's it. Rafael Nadal and I, like Roger Federer, have been dominant for the last 15 years." The 33-year-old went on to assert that both he and Nadal have had to adapt to playing against a newer generation of players, which is not easy.
"You have a new generation of players, we have to adapt, to see how to progress, how to adapt our game to those who are challenging us now," Djokovic added.