The 2023 tennis season seemed to have started a certain way, considering Novak Djokovic‘sa return to Australia after last year’s ban. But then came other news that divided fans and players. Like the more than likely exclusion of the Serbian champion from the 2023 American tennis events.
Not only. Carlos Alcaraz, Grand Slam champion and world number one, will not play at the Australian Open. The Spanish tennis player injured his right leg during training just before the first Grand Slam event. He is the one who breaks the news on social networks, while journalists tell the United States team at a press conference, after winning the United Cup semifinal.
American number two Frances TiafoeHe replied: «Tennis is brutal. But it’s not the final, there’s always a big event around the corner in tennis. He’ll be fine. He’s extremely talented and a great player.»
I will miss him, but in the end I won’t miss him at all! But still, I wish him a speedy recovery and see him soon. It’s great for this sport and I’m a fan.»
Djokovic, not USA: Tiafoe’s opinion
Not only Alcaraz, however: according to the latest provisions of the US government, which has extended the obligation of the Covid vaccine to enter the States, Novak Djokovic will not be able to play Indian Wells and Miami.
One thing Taylor Fritz didn’t know and found out in the press conference: «This is my live reaction. As a player who has to defend his title in Indian Wells, the draw will be easier if Novak is not there.»
I think we’ve reached the point where they should be allowed into the country, but I don’t make the rules.» Tiafoe, who unlike his compatriot knew about the news, said: «I just want the biggest players in the world to play the biggest events. But those are the rules. Again, I’ll miss him in Indian Wells, but not as much.»