2022 was certainly not an easy year for Novak Djokovic. Predictably, the Serbian phenomenon paid dearly for his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and he had to give up several tournaments. The former world No. 1 failed to play the Australian Open and US Open, two events where he would certainly have been the man to beat.
For the same reason, the 35-year-old from Belgrade missed all American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). As if that wasn’t enough, failing to award points at Wimbledon tumbled him even further down the standings.
Nole, triumphing in London for the seventh time of his career, has boosted his season and reduced the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the standings. The ‘Djoker’ is now just a length away from the Spaniard and will be looking to make an appearance at the 2023 Australian Open.
According to the latest rumours, Novak should have no problem entering Australia next year. During a recent interview with The Pavlovic Today, Goran Djokovic – Nole’s uncle – shared some interesting thoughts about his nephew’s future.
Goran Djokovic on Nole
Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, who has been surprisingly quiet for some time, takes over the uncle with a powerful statement to The Pavlovic Today. For him, his nephew will not retire until his 40th birthday!
“This year has not been easy for Novak but he keeps pushing forward. I’m sure after everything he’s been through, he’ll come out of it stronger. Novak knows who he is and what he wants. The ordeal he endured in Australia this year has only prolonged his career.
Instead of maybe retiring from tennis in three or four years, he will do so in five or six years. He’s resting his body,” Goran Djokovic assured. Carlos Alcaraz didn’t disappoint when he won his first Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open.
He put on a striking display throughout the tournament to emerge victorious. After his exploits at Flushing Meadows, Alcaraz received praise from former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 21-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram to praise Alcaraz for his brilliant performance in winning the US Open title.
Djokovic shared a picture of Alcaraz lifting the US Open trophy and said: “Congratulations @carlitosalcarazz on your first Grand Slam. Wonderful performance”. Meanwhile, Djokovic was forced to skip the US Open after being denied entry to the United States due to his vaccination status.