A few weeks ago, Novak Djokovic received permission to travel to Australia next month. The local government has lifted a three-year ban on the Serb, who was the subject of a nasty soap opera earlier this year. The former world number 1 paid dearly For his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, since he had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open.
In addition to suffering severe image damage, the 35-year-old from Belgrade was forced to miss the entire American Masters 1000. Nole needed time to regain confidence and rhythm, after suffering another bitter disappointment at Roland Garros.
The Serb put a positive spin on his season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row, the seventh time overall. Goran Ivanisevic’s protégé thus reached 21 Slams, just one behind Rafael Nadal’s all-time record.
In a long interview with ‘The Age’, Australian legend Paul McNamee spoke about the difficulties Djokovic faces in 2022. “Many people do not agree with Novak Djokovic’s position on the anti-Covid vaccine, but it cannot be denied that he is a consistent person.
He has remained faithful to his principles and has given up two Slams this year McNamee said. “Do not forget that Nole financed some vaccination clinics in Serbia and that his son received the double dose. Djokovic does not believe in the anticovarian vaccine, but he has never encouraged others to follow in his footsteps.
I got vaccinated, so I don’t share his position. However, I think it is a personal choice. I was very disappointed with how things turned out earlier in the year, but I think it’s only fair to move on. Novak’s presence in Australia adds spice to the AO.
I hope he will be well received by the fans”, he added. Let’s remember that the Serb will play the Adelaide tournament before the Australian Open.
Clijsters pays tribute to Djokovic
Kim Clijsters is quite intrigued by Novak Djokovic’s particular focus on health and fitness, and how he takes good care of his body.
“I love watching him play, I love the focus on wellness and longevity, the way he takes care of his body,” Clijsters further said during the chat with Craig Shapiro. “I find it so intriguing and interesting, and I just would love to sit down with him and pick his brain about it all and ask a million questions.
How he’s so into the recovery and it’s not just the basic things that we are used to in the physio room. I was also, to a lot of people, probably out there when it comes to these things. That’s why it intrigues me so much the things that he does,” she added.