Novak Djokovic also raised his voice in 2021, confirming that he is still the man to beat on the ATP circuit. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both in the pits due to injury, the world number 1 reaffirmed his superiority by winning three majors this year. The Serbian phenomenon has come one step away from the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, which would have put an end to any debate related to the biggest ever. The 34-year-old from Belgrade also won his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the season at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time in his career. His only regrets (other than the US Open) are the Tokyo Olympics and the ATP Finals, but in both cases he found a graceful Alexander Zverev blocking his way. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not yet announced whether he will be present at the Australian Open 2022. Local authorities have established the obligation to vaccinate all players who want to enter the country in January. Nole, for his part, never wanted to reveal his vaccination status. Interviewed by ‘The Age’ on this subject, the sports minister of the State of Victoria Martin Pakula uttered sentences that leave no room for interpretation.
Pakula on Novak Djokovic
“If Novak Djokovic chooses not to be vaccinated and is not accepted by the expert committee, he will not play the Australian Open. To enter the tournament tournament, he must have a good excuse to explain the reason for his non-vaccination. If people think we did this to try and give Djokovic a chance to play in the tournament, they are wrong. Everyone who participates must be vaccinated or have a valid reason not to be. Whether or not he can play the tournament is not for me, the Prime Minister or any other politician. This will be evaluated by a committee of experts,” said Victoria’s Sports Minister. This week, the Serbian tennis legend’s country recognized him with his very own postage stamps! In fact, Novak Djokovic is now the only athlete from his country to have a stamp named and created after him. Naturally, Djokovic expressed his happiness about the honor on Twitter. “Thank you to my generous country for this rare gift! I’m humbled!!” he tweeted. Furthermore, he shared news about his Foundation‘s charity work with the authority. “We’ll partner with the Serbian National Postal Service on @novakfoundation projects for every child to have the opportunity to attend preschool.”