Novak Djokovic is still registered for the US Open, which begins Monday, August 29 in Flushing Meadows, but his presence is heavily in doubt. Although the CDC has equated vaccinated and unvaccinated on internal treatment, the rules at the border have not changed for the time being.
The Serbian phenomenon has endured a rather troubled season due to his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, but he still managed to establish himself at Wimbledon for the seventh time of his career. Like his idol Pete Sampras, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has lifted himself to 21 Grand Slams and narrowed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time standings.
Goran’s protégé Ivanisevic was unable to play the Australian Open earlier this year as he was expelled from the country after an absurd soap opera lasted almost two weeks. In a speech at Eurosport, Barbara Schett – former WTA number 7 and esteemed columnist – analyzed the prospects of the “Djoker” in detail.
Novak has already made it clear that he won’t play small tournaments to chase points.
Schett talks about Djokovic
“I think Novak Djokovic is training now exactly like he’s going to the US Open. If there is a change at short notice, he is there, otherwise his life goes on,” said the Eurosport expert.
“I think Novak will play for many more years; it looks like this His body is fine, he doesn’t have too many injuries and I think he will give absolutely everything to go down in the history books with most Grand Slam titles.
Apparently he’s not far away. He only has one more to go and then he’ll be level with Rafa Nadal. If you look at Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic now, I would say that Novak has another two, three years or maybe even more to play.
And Rafa Nadal, I think the clock is definitely ticking there. It’s a tough year for Djokovic,” said Schetts. “You could see it that way, as a tennis player you see it differently. It’s terrible because I still think if he went to the US Open he could play now, he’s my favorite to win the title.
I have absolutely no doubts about that because for me he is the best tennis player, the most consistent tennis player out there. But on the other hand he has decided not to get vaccinated and that is fine, but then he also has to live with the consequences of not being allowed to enter certain countries.”