‘It was a real low point in Novak Djokovic’s career,’ says expert

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Novak Djokovic played very little at the start of the season, thanks to his choice not to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The Serbian phenom was unable to defend his Australian Open title and suffered severe damage to his image.

After a soap opera that lasted nearly two weeks, Nole was sent home by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on public order grounds. The 34-year-old Belgrader had to watch helplessly as his eternal rival Rafael Nadal triumphed at Melbourne Park.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion contested the ATP 500 in Dubai, but his run was already cut short in the quarters by the revived Jiri Vesely. Strict American regulations forced him to give up even the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.

The premature departure of Daniil Medvedev from the Californian tournament allowed ‘Djoker’ to reclaim the top spot in the ATP rankings after just three weeks. To see Novak in action again, we will have to wait for the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo.

In the latest edition of the podcast hosted by Patrick McEnroe, renowned journalist Peter Bodo strongly criticized Djokovic’s behavior in the first months of 2022.

Bodo on Novak Djokovic

“The thing that really bothered me at first [about what happened in Australia]certainly from a human point of view, that’s how Novak Djokovic pulled off some fun stunts,” Bodo said.

“There weren’t many heroes in the Australian saga but I thought it was incredibly arrogant and dignified of him. It was a real low point in his career.” He was also mildly impressed with how Djokovic had managed to reach his “endgame” of waiting for vaccination mandates around the world to be lifted to resume his tennis.

“Now he has shown that he is ready to pay the price of not playing, which is quite a high price. Novak Djokovic took very big risks. He will just wait and maybe he can win the battle .

I think that’s his endgame and I have no problem with that,” Bodo said. “If they lift the rules on vaccination, I’m not a medical expert and I guess they’ve got it under control. , then it’s not a threat.

But the rules have to be applied.” True to what Peter Bodo said, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has already confirmed his participation in the Monte-Carlo Masters and the Serbian Open.