The tennis season has officially begun and in the ATP Cup one of the most sensational absences is undoubtedly that of the world number one Novak Djokovic. The Balkan tennis player is not yet present in Australia and according to many this depends on his vaccination situation.
To play in Australia, the vaccine is mandatory to respond to the emergency linked to Covid-19, but Nole had already in the past left doubts as to whether he was really vaccinated. In the last few days the situation seemed to be improving and the Serbian media were quite convinced that Nole would leave for Australia and that he would participate, also thanks to a medical exemption, in the tournament.
The latter, on the other hand, would not be so reassuring. In the last few hours, the Serbian media have also changed their indications on the twenty-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments. Always very close to what their undisputed champion does, in Serbia it is now convinced that the Australian federation and in general the Victorian Government has rejected the proposal to give a medical exemption to the tennis player and have thus decided not to make any exemption in the tournament.
In recent weeks there has never been the real feeling that Nole was vaccinated, starting from the 'suspicious' statements of Srdjan's father who declared that his son would not give in to 'any blackmail' to participate in the tournament in Australia.
Nole had the big chance of winning his 10th Grand Slam in Australia and taking the title as reigning champion in Melbourne but it now appears more likely that he will forfeit this tournament. At the moment, however, the Serbian is still registered on the Entry List of the tournament and after Roger Federer (currently stopped due to injury) the Australian tournament could lose another member of the Big Three.
The only 'big' on the pitch should instead be Rafael Nadal, in these hours on the pitch to train and increasingly close to confirming the Australian Open where he will try to win his twenty-first career Slam, beating and surprising the competition.
Novak Djokovic OFFICIALLY out of ATP Cup 2022
Novak Djokovic has officially decided not to participate in the ATP Cup 2022, a team competition scheduled from 1 to 9 January in Sydney, and not to postpone his come back to the court.
He therefore misses the first match of the 2022 season for the number one in the world, who a few days before the start of the event was still in doubt whether he had worn the Serbian shirt or not. Tennis Australia has announced the retirement of the 34-year-old native of Belgrade: Dusan Lajovic will therefore be the best of his nation and the one who will lead the group, followed by Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic, Matej Sabanov.
With the absence of the winner of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021, Serbia's chances of victory in the tournament on ocean soil are significantly reduced. In the Davis Cup the country was led by Nole and managed to win the semifinals, then surrendering to Croatia.
The debut is set for Saturday 1 January with Casper Ruud's Norway. Then will follow the challenges with Chile and Spain, which will have Roberto Bautista Agut as number one. Before the start of 2022 the whole tennis world is eager to know news about Djokovic, who is not yet sure he can take part in the Australian tour and therefore in the first Grand Slam of the season (the Australian Open, an event in which he is the holder from three years of the title).
At the basis of the withdrawal from the ATP Cup, there is the impossibility at this time and with the rules currently established by the State of Victoria to be able to leave for Oceania, given that the attachment of the world number one to his is known.
nation, as well as the aspect that playing a competition before the Australian Open would have been very convenient for him. Djokovic continues to train in his Belgrade, fans and enthusiasts await news on his programming in January: in the last few hours a possible measure has sprung up that could be taken to allow the Serbian to arrive and play in Australia.