Novak Djokovic had a lot of difficulties this year because he decided not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. After the former ATP no. 1 had missed a “Plan Grand Slam” in 2021, he had to miss both the Australian Open and the US Open.
Also, the Serbian phenomenon had to miss all of the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati) due to his vaccination status. The 35-year-old from Belgrade revived his season by winning Wimbledon for the seventh time of his career, but still fell out for lack of points in the standings.
In addition to drawing level with his idol Pete Sampras, Novak has closed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-Slam rankings. Thanks to his success in London, Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé has a good chance of participating in the ATP Finals in Turin.
As all fans will recall, Djokovic was kicked out of Australia earlier this year after a nearly two-week long soap opera. Due to his “unvaccinated” status, the 21-time Slam champion had to leave Melbourne despite a valid medical exemption.
Although the next “Happy Slam” is still a few months away, there are already doubts as to whether Novak will be able to travel to Australia in 2023. Via his Twitter profile, the well-known journalist Luis Alfredo Álvarez provided an important update on the matter : “Yesterday I heard from Craig Tiley and he told me that Novak Djokovic will definitely play the Australian Open 2023”.
Let’s remember that the new government decided to lift all hygiene measures for entering the country.
Djokovic will compete at the Tel Aviv Open
Hedge fund manager and billionaire Bill Ackman commented on Novak Djokovic.
“Actually, Novak deserves credit for founding the PTPA. He resigned after I became involved and Pospisil has assumed responsibility for the PTPA. But I quickly realized that we would not allow this organization to function as a philanthropic organization.
Novak is not an investor in the company, in fact we return the capital to people (players) who raised capital to start the PTPA. This applies to all players. Novak Djokovic needs this organization the least, he didn’t start this for himself, he did it for heritage reasons, he knows how hard it is,” Ackman added.
Novak Djokovic will now compete as the top seed at the Tel Aviv Open in Israel. Most recently, the Serb took part in the Wimbledon Championships in July.