‘Novak Djokovic needed it’, says former ATP ace

Right now Novak Djokovic is by no means master of his own destiny when it comes to participation in the most important tournaments on the ATP circuit. Or, rather, it would be only in the event that he suddenly decided to back down and get vaccinated against Covid-19. Since the hypothesis has been denied by the Serbian on several occasions, even recently, it is up to the governments of the different nations and the competitions themselves to apply the rules they consider most appropriate and decide for all purposes whether a champion of 21 Grand titles Slam and former world number one may or may not participate in the sporting event. The weight of each individual measure has become important and naturally also brings other interests. The current situation gave rise to a real international case in Australia, where Novak was definitely not treated well and was finally banned from playing the Grand Slam. Other events have not imposed any bans, including Roland Garros and the Internazionali Bnl d’Italia, while cases have emerged where unvaccinated people have been given free access but Russian and Belarusian players have been blocked. The United States of America, by contrast, has maintained a direct policy since the beginning of 2022: foreigners need the vaccine to enter the country. For this reason, the one from Belgrade missed the appointments in Indian Wells and Miami and risks losing Montreal, Cincinnati and the Us Open (he reached the final in the 2021 edition).

Ivanisevic on Nole Djokovic

Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic reckons that the chances of the Serb being allowed to play at the US Open are low. “I don’t know about the US Open, it’s difficult for me. I am more optimistic that director Tomislav Poljak will give me an invitation and that I will win Umag, than that they will let him go to the US Open. As a country, they are closed to the unvaccinated, for now he cannot enter the country,” Ivanisevic stated. During the interview, Ivanisevic also looked back at what has been a difficult season for Novak Djokovic. “The year started disastrously, and ATP’s decision to remove points at Wimbledon is totally crazy and wrong in my opinion. But an important victory for him (Djokovic), he needed it, he showed that he is arguably the best player on grass,” the Croatian said. Naturally, the Serbian fans are not happy about this and try to make themselves heard to defend their favourite.