Tennis 2022 is ready to begin and one of the most important puzzle to be solved in the circuit is the presence of world number one Novak Djokovic. In the last few hours, the Serbian media have talked about a possible vaccination exemption for the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments, but the situation for the Balkan athlete is still to be evaluated. During a recent interview with Supertennis microphones, the well-known coach Riccardo Piatti, former agent of the Serbian and now coach of the Italian talent Jannik Sinner, spoke about Nole’s situation and clarified how this affects not only the Serbian tennis player but for everything the circuit. Asked about the story Piatti reported the following statements: “Djokovic represents a sort of crazy variable for this 2022, his presence or not can radically change the fate of a tournament:” Let’s talk clearly, without a vaccine he can only play in Europe and, given which is also required in England, Nole can play only one Slam, that of Paris. We all know the others: contending for the first places are Medvedev and Zverev, who has improved a lot, Tsitsipas, Berrettini, Rublev. And then young people like Alcaraz, a stimulus for Jannik.” In recent weeks there has been a lot of discussion about his presence of Nole in Australia, initially the organizers did not question his presence, but then the situation changed and everyone talked about the cancellation of the number one in the world from the ATP Cup, a tournament that could see Nole as protagonist with Serbia and to which instead shouldn’t participate. In the last hours a member of Tennis Australia denied everything and clarified that Novak Djokovic as well as no member of the Serbian team has ever canceled from the team tournament and therefore they knew nothing about a Novak forfeit.
Djokovic on the US Open final
In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Novak Djokovic opened up about his heartbreaking loss to Daniil Medvedev in the final of this year’s US Open. “When I stepped onto the court for the US Open final, I was overwhelmed with the crowd support. I’m not usually the crowd favorite in big matches. I wasn’t prepared for such a reception. It caught me off guard. I had a different emotional response that maybe affected my game,” Djokovic said. Nole also said he felt he would have been better prepared for the US Open had he skipped the Tokyo Olympics. But at the same time, the Serb said he does not like dwelling on “what-if” scenarios and finding excuses. “One thing’s for sure – I would have been better prepared for the US Open had I skipped the Olympics. But I don’t regret going. I don’t like ‘what if’s’. In my life and in my career, I try not to find excuses.”