Compared to Australia, where many did not want to publicly take sides or express their personal point of view, the Novak Djokovic-US Open case provoked more reactions from the experts and from the tennis players themselves.
Public opinion has also been divided on this particular issue, but support and attitudes in favor of the former world No. 1 have increased in recent weeks. How is the current situation? And what risk does the Serb take? At the moment the only certainty is Belgrade’s withdrawal from the first Masters 1000 of the year on cement in Montreal (in Canada) due to the anti-Covid regulations that ban him from any entry into the country.
In the United States, where the same regulations apply, the player’s staff and the athlete himself are awaiting a last-minute government change to allow unvaccinated aliens to enter American territory.
Hopes are low: if he fails, the 35-year-old will also have to withdraw from Cincinnati and the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the season, in which he cannot defend the 1,200 points from last year’s final. which will mean a drop in the ATP ranking.
A very complicated situation for Djokovic, who will miss several prestigious appointments in 2022 because he chose not to undergo treatment against Covid-19. The Australian John Millman, who had to withdraw from the tournament in Los Cabos because of positive virus tests, also defended him in these hours: “I got out with Covid, just arrived in the USA.
It doesn’t seem like people have followed recommendations or guidelines, which is fine and so I don’t understand why Djokovic can’t come to play,” the player marveled, noting: “To be clear.
If the whole country followed the same rules, then I’m all for imposing some vaccination requirements for entry. However, from what I’ve seen, practically nobody does, the tournament admits unvaccinated citizens and only 30% have the booster dose,” he added.
John Isner once again chimed in on Nole’s case on Twitter: “It’s absolutely crazy that I can’t compete right now,” he remarked.
Mouratoglou talks about Djokovic
Esteemed coach Patrick Mouratoglou thinks Novak Djokovic is the best in the world when it comes to serving returns.
“He splits either on the inside so he can anticipate the serve on the T, or on the outside so he can anticipate the serve wide,” Mouratoglou said. According to Mouratoglou, while his opponents are serving, this anticipatory move allows Djokovic to gain a valuable advantage on the return.