In a recent interview with Kurir Sport, Ion Tiriac attacked the 20-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic, who, according to the former player, is putting the ATP Tour in crisis. We recall that the imminent abolition of the Green Pass in France should allow Djokovic to play the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo and especially the Roland Garros.
He will not play the two US Masters 1000 at Indian Wells and Miami. Tiriac said: "Novak Djokovic doesn't want to get a vaccine that 99% of the population has undergone. He is one of the 1% of people who are skeptical about the anti Covid-19 serum.
This choice of him is messing up the ATP Tour. Djokovic is still looking for his place and cannot find it. He reminds me a lot of Boris Becker, his former coach. He too often played with fire and sometimes ended up getting burned.
Nole is a great athlete and an excellent tennis player, but Rafael Nadal is an absolute genius! Rafa had the ability to keep his feet on the ground, he acts like he did when he was 15."
Novak Djokovic's troubled start to the season
Novak Djokovic was hoping for a much better start to 2022.
The Serbian champion was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open due to the well-known events, as well as having suffered serious damage to his image. After a soap opera that lasted almost two weeks, the 34-year-old from Belgrade had to leave Australia amid a thousand controversies.
As if that weren't enough, Nole watched helplessly as his eternal rival Rafael Nadal triumphed at Melbourne Park. The Spaniard has thus overtaken Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings. 'Djoker' made his season debut in Dubai but failed to make it past the quarter-finals.
His premature departure from the United Arab Emirates cost him the first place in the ATP ranking in favor of Daniil Medvedev, who became the 27th number 1 in the history of men's tennis. Novak, despite being present in the Indian Wells main draw, and hoping to get an exemption from the Center for Disease Control, withdrew from both the Californian tournament and the Miami Open 2022.