There are still many doubts related to the presence of Novak Djokovic at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami. The Serb has requested special permission to participate in the Sunshine Double, unvaccinated people will be able to freely enter the United States as of May 11, and is awaiting a definitive answer.
Djokovic clarified that he has no intention of harming the tournaments, and that he would withdraw from the two American events even before the respective draws take place if he does not receive a response. He explained at the press conference: «We will see what happens and what will be the answer..
At the moment I only think about doing well in Dubai. As for the draw, I won’t wait for it to take place in case I still don’t know if I can play or not. Whatever happens, we will know before the draw.» The Serb had to deal with a left leg problem at the start of the season; a problem that did not end up compromising his time in Melbourne.
Djokovic won his 22nd career Grand Slam, his 10th at the Australian Open, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final in three sets.
Novak Djokovic and Indian Wells in the final showdown
Obviously in the next few hours, or in the next few days, communications will have to come from both sides.to dissolve the fog around this thorny issue.
Novak has his reasons, the tournament has his reasons. A champion like Nole should always be present in such an important and prestigious tournament.. It seems that there is a reckoning between the player and the tournament, but if he does not participate it would be very bad for tennis, which suffers a lot after the retirement of two stars like Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
Also he said: «The first match I played in Dubai was the one I had the most ups and downs.. I started well and then managed to survive against a player who had a great night. I made a lot of gratuitous mistakes and didn’t play very well.
I didn’t feel any pain or discomfort, but it takes two or three games to find the rhythm. It is one thing to train; another to play competitive matches.»Finally, Djokovic spoke of his possible presence at the Shanghai Masters 1000, scheduled for October 4-15.
He added: «For now it’s still quite far away. I’ll have to evaluate with my team what program to follow after the US Open and then I’ll decide which tournaments to play. One thing is certain: I like playing in China, I like being there.
I have a lot of fans in China and they have been very supportive over the years. It’s one of the reasons why I play so well in both Beijing and Shanghai. They really make me feel at home.»