Novak Djokovic has questioned his presence at the Australian Open 2022, news that quickly traveled around the world. The harsh restrictions promised by the Australian government for unvaccinated players have caused Nole to turn up his nose, who does not seem at all willing to repeat the harsh 2021 quarantine.
The Serbian phenomenon played a season on the verge of perfection, in which he touched the legendary Grand Slam. Had he triumphed at the US Open, ATP No. 1 would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.
Physically and mentally emptied, the 34-year-old from Belgrade surrendered in the final to a great Daniil Medvedev. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will return to action at Paris-Bercy next week, a preparatory tournament ahead of the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup finals.
Speaking on the Eurosport Germany tennis podcast, Boris Becker analyzed the dispute between Djokovic and the Australian authorities. Becker said: "Tennis players are freelancers, they don't play for a team and they don't like being trapped.
I have read the press releases released by the ATP and the WTA and I must admit that I was amazed by the number of players who have not yet been vaccinated. According to some reports, two thirds of Premier League footballers are vaccinated.
I believe that athletes must hold their noses and understand that - if they want to continue doing their sport - they will have to get vaccinated sooner or later. I can understand that it is a private matter, but there are rules that concern the community.
I fully understand Novak Djokovic's point of view, it is his right not to reveal his vaccination status. His privacy deserves to be protected. At the same time, there are rules that tennis players who want to go to Australia have to abide by.
The State of Victoria requires vaccination in order to enter. If the Australian government has decided so, we can do nothing but adapt."
Annacone: "Roger Federer knows his body's needs perfectly"
Roger Federer's incredible longevity often makes us forget how his debut on the ATP Tour dates back to 1998.
The Swiss phenomenon has remained competitive for an enormous amount of time, even though the last two seasons have been very difficult for him. Suffice it to say that the 40-year-old from Basel played only 13 official matches in 2021, collecting nine wins against four defeats.
Wimbledon was his main target, where in 2019 he had collected one of the most heinous insults of his entire career. The Swiss Maestro's race was interrupted in the quarters at the hands of Hubert Hurkacz, able to give him even a bagel in the third set.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has had his right knee operated on for the third time in the past year and a half and there is no clear plan for his return to the tour. The hope of the fans is to see him again in 2022 at least for a final catwalk.
Interviewed in the latest edition of the Three - A Tennis Show podcast, Paul Annacone revealed the main differences between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (having coached both of these legends). Annacone said: "In terms of preparation, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras were quite similar.
They both loved to work hard in the preseason, as they were used to winning a lot of games throughout the year and had less time to make reminders. The versatility required to excel on all three surfaces, clay, grass and hard-courts, prompted them to take care of their physical shape in detail.
When there were breaks in the calendar, Roger and Pete always used them to prepare their bodies for the season on clay and then on grass. They knew their physical needs very well. When it comes to personality, Federer is slightly more outgoing than Sampras. Roger loves making jokes and joking, while Pete has a slightly more reserved character."