Novak Djokovic’s season has been quite troubled due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian phenomenon had to miss the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as suffering serious damage to his image. For the same reason, the former world number 1 was unable to participate in the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). After the disappointment suffered at Roland Garros, Nole redeemed himself by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth consecutive time (the seventh ever). In addition to having equaled his idol Pete Sampras, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has shortened the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The ‘Djoker’ will play the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in Turin this last part of the season, waiting to know if he will be able to travel to Australia next January. The 21-time Grand Slam champion has revealed that his lawyers are in contact with the Australian authorities and that he is expected to receive a response in the coming weeks.
Pamela Maldonado on Nole Djokovic
Sports betting expert Pamela Maldonado has picked Novak Djokovic as the overwhelming favorite to win the 2022 Paris Masters. “Honestly, there is nobody. Why? Because I am interested in putting, if I am betting tennis, it’s because I am putting it on ‘a for sure thing’. And for me right now, that is, honestly, Novak Djokovic. Think of the (ATP Paris Masters) – the most title, Djokovic; the most finals, Djokovic; the most consecutive titles, Djokovic! The most consecutive final, Djokovic. He has played, the most matches played in Paris belong to him. The most matches won (is him). He owns Paris, this is another homecoming tournament for him, and if I want to make a futures wager, it’s going to be on Nole Djokovic,” she said. Discussing his claims on the Tennis Channel, journalist Jon Wertheim wished for the 21-time Grand Slam winner to play in Australia, saying that what happened in 2022 should be avoided next year. “I think anything we can do to avoid a repeat of what happened in January, which benefitted no one, is advisable. Honestly, I mean, I don’t know where he is getting his information from, but if, in fact, this is true that he can get an answer in the next few weeks, one way or the other, that’s a positive,” Wertheim said.