'I don’t think Novak Djokovic will play until...', says former Top 10
Novak Djokovic's hopes at the US Open seem to be fading. The Serbian tennis player has seen his schedule reduced by his decision not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The first consequences came in Australia: the nine-time champion could not participate in the Australian Open due to the decision of the Melbourne court not to grant him a visa to enter the country. The ruling came after the creation of a real conflict of powers between the government and the organization of the tournament. The latter, in fact, had granted the Serb's participation through a medical exemption, which had not been accepted, however, by the Australian State. It is precisely this type of conflict, with the media and non-media consequences that it entails, that the United States wants to avoid for the second half of the season. Therefore, the USTA's position was very clear: "We will follow the guidelines of the government and the C.D.C." In fact, the intentions of the US government would be not to relax the anti-Covid measures, as was done in Europe for this spring. Novak Djokovic, therefore, would risk not participating in the United States Masters 1000 and, above all, in the US Open. A choice with which some tennis figures, including Tennys Sandgren, do not agree. The American tennis player is among those who decided not to participate in tournaments for not wanting to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and is, in fact, one of those who defended Novak Djokovic after the Australia affair. Nole Djokovic has won Wimbledon seven times Speaking during a recent interview with CLAY, Davydenko said that while Novak Djokovic will be keen to win a few more Majors. "He [Novak Djokovic] is getting older now, it will be interesting, but I am sure he wants to win a few more Slams. He has a good chance in Wimbledon and at the US Open, provided that he plays. Depends on his preparation," Davydenko said. The former Russian player does not see the Serbian playing until the age of 40 however. "Next season, I don’t know – with every year, it gets harder when you get to a certain age. I don’t think he will play until he is 40 – to win Slams at 40, best of five, there is no chance, not possible," Davydenko said. Further, last year, many entities spoke about the potential threat the courts imposed, such as the former World No.1 Andy Murray. Murray found the courts “extremely” slippery. And eventual champion Novak Djokovic, said, “I don’t remember falling this many times on the court.” Also, Roger Federer suffered a lot because of the slippery courts, as he was already dealing with knee issues.