Novak Djokovic came back to speak during the media day, which precedes the official start of the tournament. The number one in the world explained what he did after his expulsion from Australia: "To resume training, it's probably been about 10 days since I returned home.
I was doing some cardio every day, playing tennis for two or three weeks now, enjoying every moment on the court. I love this sport and I love hitting with the racket. I have a passion for this sport and I appreciate every minute I spend, working and improving.
Knowing that I was coming to Dubai, I had a goal in mind and it was easier for me to work. After AO, I had a lot of things on my mind and I needed some time to rest," he added. The psychological aspect of the Serbian world no.1: "It was strange what happened.
I was very disappointed and sad about the way I had to leave the country. But once I recovered mentally, emotionally and physically, it didn't take long to start training on the pitch and come up with a plan with my team.
Now I am even more motivated and inspired to go out and play my best tennis," he said, sending a warning message to the competition. Current relationship with other tennis players: "Most of the players I have met have welcomed me, in a warm way.
I can't say that the same thing happened in oceanic land,"he pointed out. His calendar will certainly undergo important changes:" Whatever the tournament I will try to enter the country and play. I don't pretend to make a complete calendar.
You know I've always tried to give my best in the Grand Slams and some Masters 1000. Those competitions are my biggest motivations. Now the situation has changed, I really can't choose. Basically I'll play where I can go," he concluded.
Djokovic: "Vaccine? Let's see in the future"
Novak Djokovic said during an interview granted to RTS: "I'd like to play a lot of tournaments, but it's not up to me. Everything will depend on the measures taken by the different countries in which the tournaments are played.
At the moment I know that I can play in Dubai. Now this is my goal: the first tournament of the season. The first tournament since what happened in Australia. I am really happy to be back on a tennis court. I am training hard and I have a great desire to compete in the Grand Slams and in all the big ATP tournaments.
We'll see, as I said, the rules change all the time. I will evaluate each individual case. I am trying to understand how the pandemic evolves and to fight the virus like any other citizen of the world. I have the information that everyone has and I am trying as a sportsman, as I always have, to control well what enters my body and how it can affect me.
If something changes even a little, my body feels it. Quite simply, at these levels, any change can produce positive or negative results. I am cautious and took some time for myself before making a final decision. Vaccine? In life everything is possible.
Never say never. I do not rule out doing it. We will see the developments. For now I have decided not to do it and I am ready to accept the consequences. It is a decision that I made in a conscious and independent way." Novak Djokovic has publicly taken on the responsibilities of his choice not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and admitted that his programming will depend, for the moment, on the regulations in force in each country.
After months of controversy and waiting, the Serbian champion will finally be able to make the pitch talk again, because his participation in the Dubai tournament is now official. Djokovic will have to win the ATP 500 event and hope that Daniil Medvedev will not do the same in Acapulco to maintain the top position in the world rankings.
Considering that the Belgrade will not have the opportunity to take the field in many tournaments, the fate is in the hands of the Russian player. By expressing his opinion on vaccines once again, Djokovic nevertheless delivered an important message, which many media outlets have deliberately decided not to convey.
Indeed, the Serbian champion has not completely ruled out the possibility of undergoing the vaccine in the future. Now, in the meanwhile, Nole will play in Dubai.