Novak Djokovic has been forced to miss two Grand Slams this year. His decision not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus has deeply affected his schedule, in addition to causing serious damage to his image. The former world number 1 turned his season around by winning Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career.
Novak not only equaled his idol Pete Sampras, but also closed the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the ranking of all Majors. The 21-time Slam champion waited until the end to play the US Open, but the rules at the border remained unchanged.
A few hours before the draw, the Serbian veteran announced that he had to give up his last Major of the season as he was unable to travel to the United States. The USTA subsequently announced that it would not be able to apply for a waiver in favor of Djokovic.
The US Federation responded indirectly to the harsh accusations of Tennys Sandgren, who accused her of doing nothing to help Novak. Through his Twitter profile, Greg Rusedski expressed his regret at the absence of Novak Djokovic at the US Open.
«It’s really a shame that the strongest player in the world had to give up two Grand Slams in 2022,» Rusedski wrote. Radio host Clay Travis also sided with Novak: «True to his principles, Novak Djokovic has missed two Majors this year.
We are talking about two tournaments that he would have been the favorite to win. Djokovic would have been the man to beat at both the Australian and US Opens and it is likely that he would have taken home at least one title.
Considering that concrete is his favorite surface, he could have lifted both trophies and stretched in the rankings of all Grand Slams.»
Ackman reflects on Djokovic
Hedge fund manager and billionaire investor Bill Ackman spoke about Novak Djokovic.
«Actually, Novak deserves credit for establishing PTPA; he stepped down after I got involved and Pospisil has been leading the charge on PTPA. But what I quickly realized is that we would not run this organization as a philanthropic organization.» .
Nole is not an investor in the entity, in fact, we are returning the capital to the people (players) who contributed capital to start the PTPA. This is for all players. Novak Djokovic is the last thing this organization needs, he didn’t start this by himself, he did it for legacy reasons, he knows how tough he is,» Ackman added.