The chances of Novak Djokovic participating in the US Open had been declining for months. There is no disagreement: due to US government restrictions, the three-time champion will not be able to compete in the final Slam of the season.
In short, a goal identical to that of the Australian Open. Djokovic, who announced his forced farewell shortly before the draw, naturally received the support of his colleagues. One of the most active among them was undoubtedly Casper Ruud, who is even in danger of becoming number one in the world in New York.
“It’s sad that politics gets in the way of things like that. We’re talking about an individual sport where everyone thinks of themselves first. Novak is chasing Rafa in the fight for most Slam titles so obviously the stakes are high at the moment .
I also think that his presence here would be good for the country and especially for the tournament. He’s played so many times, he’s won so many times, he’s always created an incredible atmosphere and always entertained people.
To have him and Rafa in the final would have been epic, everyone knows what’s at stake so I don’t think his absence is fair. Of course, I won’t attach any importance to it, but I’m sincerely sorry,” the Norwegian tennis player explained with great clarity.
“In general, I don’t think sport and politics should mix. The result usually ends badly and this is proof of that. It’s unfortunate for him, especially since he didn’t get any points for winning Wimbledon, I don’t think it’s a threat to him public health, even if he is not vaccinated,” he concluded in a lengthy interview with Eurosport microphones on the eve of the tournament’s start.
Pete Sampras praises the Big 3
Pete Sampras was left stunned by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. “In my time, we retired when we were almost 30,” Sampras said. “Mentally, at 31, I couldn’t bear it anymore (…) to be so constant for so many years.
They are monsters in this sport.” Sampras revealed that he gets along best with Federer due to their similar personalities and also keeps in regular contact with Djokovic. “I’ve already had dinner with Novak and we talk to each other from time to time.
And with Rafa, I have a lot of respect for everything he’s achieved, even though we haven’t spent much time together,” Sampras said.