Novak Djokovic: ‘I had a nice team dinner planned for after…’

While preparing to return to the field in early January, Nick Kyrgios granted an interview to The Age in which, among other things, he talked about the Big Three. It would be important for the Australian, for a discourse of spectacle and attractiveness of tennis, that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continue to play for as long as possible. The numerous physical and non-physical problems that afflict the three giants, however, could prevent them from attending Australia. An absence, that of Federer, is already certain; the return to the field of the Majorcan is also in strong doubt due to the recent positivity to Covid-19; finally, the most intricate question on the vaccine concerning the number 1 in the world: “I don’t know what Novak’s situation is at this moment with the whole history of Covid, I don’t know what he needs to play,” said Kyrgios, expressing all his regret over the possibility of not seeing all the Big Three in Australia at the same time. “I hope he had a merry Christmas and that he can play tennis for as long as possible: I said earlier that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic should keep playing. If all three are not in Australia, it will be a disaster. It is an absolute disaster for all fans and those who enjoy watching tennis. Yes, it clearly presents a good opportunity for the younger kids to make their mark and explode, but we need them to continue to be part of our sport, as a whole.” Benefiting from a wild card, Nick Kyrgios will return to the field for the Melbourne ATP 250 at the start on 4 January 2022. A return that will take place after about three months, time in which the Australian has taken care of his body and freeing his mind from harmful pressure: “My knee was something that hindered my career for quite a while, it’s an area I’ve been able to clean and it’s a great feeling.”

Djokovic won three Grand Slam titles in 2021

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. “My only regret about the US Open final is I didn’t cry earlier. I should have let go of all these mixed emotions inside of me earlier. I’m not saying I would have won the match. Daniil was much better on the day. But the action of crying liberated me – just a little too late,” he said. “I had a nice team dinner planned for after the US Open final. I was so emotionally wrecked that I didn’t want to go. But everyone cheered me up and I went. Monica Seles called me crying. It ended up being quite a long, emotional night – it eased my mind,” he said. Djokovic 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.”

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