As everyone knows, the 2022 edition of Wimbledon did not award any points after the decision of the ATP. In fact, the players’ union had made this decision after the British organizers made the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the Grand Slam official.
This situation, however, did not benefit them at all, since it sanctioned several tennis players who had points to defend in the tournament and those who achieved great results in the third Major of the season. Of them, the most penalized were undoubtedly Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios, winner and finalist of the tournament, respectively.
The 21-time Grand Slam winner, before Wimbledon, had already had to miss several important tournaments such as the Australian Open and the first two American 1,000 due to his condition of not having been vaccinated against Covid 19.
To this is added his subsequent absence in New York, Canada and Cincinnati due to the same situation. All this made the Serb unable to defend the 5,200 points, but even if Wimbledon had awarded him the points, he would have found himself below the two Spaniards Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal.
The Australian Nick Kyrgios, current number twenty in the world, could instead have occupied thirteenth place, thus equaling his best classification achieved on October 24, 2016, and it would have been a fair reward for an excellent season with more continuity since Canberra, 27 . years.
Another penalized is the Italian Jannik Sinner, who at this point could be in the top ten, like Taylor Fritz. Instead, both are ranked twelfth and eleventh, respectively. Novak Djokovic admitted that the long hiatus after Wimbledon, although not ideal, worked as a blessing for him and increased his «hunger for victory».
Nole defeated Pospisil in Tel Aviv
Former Wimbledon doubles champion Vasek Pospisil has revealed that it is always difficult for him to play Novak Djokovic as they are good friends. «The last few weeks, especially in Tel Aviv, I was playing at a really high level,» he said.
«I played a great match against Novak where I thought he was quite competitive and it’s always tough as he’s a really good friend of mine so I had to fight against the fact that he’s a good friend and one of the feared players in the game. history of our sport.
I had to turn all of that into going out and believing I could win, which I managed to do, which is not always the case. I think it’s also a testament to the fact that I’ve been playing better and working hard and I wanted to win that match,» Pospisil said.
«I think tennis showed that and he’s very nice and he said some really nice things to me after the match and he also gave me a lot of confidence,» he added.