‘It’s going to be close next year, but Novak Djokovic…’, says former star

It is no longer a mystery: Novak Djokovic will not be part of the Serbian team in Sydney on the occasion of the third edition of the ATP team competition. And obviously his presence in Melbourne Park for the first Slam of the season is also at great risk. The very Serbian champion, who should not receive any exemptions from Tennis Australia, simply would not have the opportunity to go hunting for the ninth Australian pearl and the twenty-first ever without a vaccine. “For all those who still hope so: Djokovic will not participate in the Australian Open. He will also cancel himself from there. There is no chance he can play,” explained Emilio Sanchez, former world number one in doubles and three-time Grand Slam champion with a tweet. “I know you want to know my plans. When, how and where I will start the season. I am very, very tired after the one that has just ended and generally tired after the twelve months that I have spent around the world. So right now I prefer to enjoy my family, recharge my batteries and take one step at a time,” confessed the Serbian a few days after the end of the Davis Cup Finals. “You will know. I know what you want, but I won’t give you an answer tonight. I know perfectly well what you want to ask me. Right now that’s all I can tell you, there are no dates or deadlines. Obviously the tour in Australia is just around the corner, so you will soon know “he concluded without leaving too much room for interpretations.”

Ferrer opens up on the Big 3

Recently, former tennis star David Ferrer spoke about the two amazing athletes and their chances of winning the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne next month. He felt that both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal can go the distance. The Spaniard felt that at this point in time, it is the Serbian ace who is in the driver’s seat, displaying his sheer dominance. Nole won three of the four Grand Slam titles of the 2021 season. After him, it is former champion and friend Rafa who has a good shot at winning the title after a while, according to Ferrer. Speaking on this subject, Ferrer stated, “It’s going to be close next year. He’s (Djokovic) one of the best players on the planet. The problem for Roger Federer is that he won’t play Australia and there are serious doubts about whether he will play at Wimbledon. At the moment, Djokovic is playing well and he is healthy, but I [also] think Rafael Nadal has a chance to win the Australian Open, for sure.”