2022 was certainly not an easy year for Novak Djokovic. As expected, the Serbian phenomenon paid dearly for his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and he had to give up several tournaments. The former world number 1 was unable to contest the Australian Open and the US Open, two events in which he would certainly have been the man to beat.
For the same reason, the 35-year-old from Belgrade has missed all the American Masters 1000 (Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati). As if that wasn’t enough, the lack of points at Wimbledon pushed him further down the rankings.
Triumphing in London for the seventh time in his career, Nole lifted his season and closed the gap to Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings. The ‘Djoker’ is now just one length behind the Spaniard and will try to join the Australian Open 2023.
According to the latest rumours, Novak should have no problem entering Australia next year. During a recent interview with ‘The Pavlovic Today’, Goran Djokovic, Nole’s uncle, expressed some interesting thoughts about the future of his nephew.
Goran Djokovic on Nole
Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, surprisingly quiet for some time, the uncle takes over with a strong statement to The Pavlovic Today. For him, his nephew will not retire before her 40th birthday!
“This year has not been easy for Novak, but he continues to push forward. I’m sure that after everything he’s been through, he’ll come out stronger. Novak knows who he is and he knows what he wants. The ordeal he went through this year in Australia only extended his career.
Instead of retiring from tennis in three or four years, he will retire in five or six years. Rest the body of him”, assured Goran Djokovic. Carlos Alcaraz did not disappoint in winning his first Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open.
He put on an eye-catching display throughout the tournament to emerge victorious. Following his exploits at Flushing Meadows, Alcaraz drew praise from former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 21-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram to praise Alcaraz for putting on a brilliant performance to win the US Open title.
Sharing a photo of Alcaraz lifting the US Open trophy, Djokovic said: “Congratulations @carlitosalcarazz on your first Grand Slam. Incredible performance.” Meanwhile, Djokovic had to skip the US Open after being denied entry to the United States due to his vaccination status.