The tennis Tour has resumed playing and has started off well with many tournaments and an ATP Cup to play in Australia. Despite this, one of the biggest debates continues to concern a tennis player who does not currently play and is not present in Australia, that is the number one in the world Novak Djokovic.
There is still a lot of debate regarding the Serbian champion and everyone is curious to know whether or not Nole will be present at the Australian Open 2022. The Government of Victoria has stated that all tennis players who will take the field in Melbourne will have to be vaccinated, but Nole at the moment he has taken a cryptic attitude and no one has clearly understood whether the Serb is vaccinated.
In the last few hours, the well-known journalist Ben Rothenberg posted a curious tweet that generated several criticisms and interactions at the same time. Rothenberg said that despite Novak Djokovic being the strongest tennis player of all time, he is unable to 'glue' the players in front of the TV and indeed we can say that his ratings are not good.
The well-known American journalist stated that he is not so important as to generate a large number of plays. It all started from a curious debate on Twitter where some fans said that without Novak Djokovic not even this ATP Cup was very interesting.
On the contrary, Rothenberg has made it clear that he considers Nole the best tennis player of all time but certainly does not glue the viewer in front of the television. The umpteenth debate regarding the Serbian game is back in fashion, according to many tennis fans as boring compared to that of rivals and in particular of the eternal rival Roger Federer.
Currently Novak Djokovic, as evidenced by a recent video that appeared on social media, is in Serbia where he is training and everyone is eager and curious to know his tennis destiny. In fact, many think that a possible forfeit by Novak Djokovic in Australia could also affect the rest of the season and the hypothesis that Nole could also skip other tournaments and even other Grand Slam tournaments is not excluded.
Australian Open 2022: medical exemption rejected for Novak Djokovic?
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.