Novak Djokovic has yet to dissolve his reservations about his participation in the Australian Open 2022. Although he appears in the entry list of the first Slam of the season, the number 1 in the world has never wanted to reveal his vaccination status and has always said he is in favor of freedom of choice. The Serbian veteran has just returned from a formidable 2021, in which he cleared the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The 34-year-old from Belgrade even came close to the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, having had to surrender to a wild Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open. In addition to posting her 37th Masters 1000, Nole finished the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever. The booty of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both very far from the glories of the past, are much slimmer. The Swiss played just 13 official matches this year, while the Spaniard was limited by a chronic foot injury. In a recent interview with ‘Filo News’, Diego Schwartzman analyzed Djokovic’s incredible ‘gameplay’.
Schwartzman on Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is something else, it’s like he’s controlled by a joystick. It’s very difficult to be able to sustain what he’s doing, the changes of directions. There comes a time when you can’t keep up with him,” said Schwartzman in the interview. “The way he changes directions, at that high level of tennis, the changes in direction are difficult to think about. The ball is coming at 100 kilometers per hour,” added the Argentine. Australian Open is regarded as one of the most prestigious tennis events across the world. The first of the four Grand Slam events, the tournament is usually held in the early or mid-January. Tennis Australia has also gotten a reputation for being extremely cautious when it comes to health and safety protocols around the ongoing pandemic. Considering the conditions caused by the ongoing pandemic, Tennis Australia has decided to continue offering players a means to opt out of taking commercial flights to travel for the Happy Slam. Seventeen such flights have been booked by Tennis Australia for the players. Depending on the type of tickets, the prices range from 820 Euros to approximately 3800 Euros. Craig Tiley, the director of the Australian Open, is confident that Rafael Nadal will compete, despite the fact that Nadal recently tested positive for Covid-19. Nadal is currently in Mallorca and taking the necessary measures to recover.