Novak Djokovic would normally be one of the favorites to win any grand slam tournament after winning one of the four major trophies.
The Serbian defeated Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon championship match to win his seventh and fourth consecutive Wimbledon trophies, giving him a total of 21 grand slam victories.
Despite winning Wimbledon, Djokovic will actually drop from No. 3 to No. 7 in the world since ranking points have been taken away after the tournament’s officials decided to forbid Russians and Belarusians from competing this year.
However, it is currently unknown what will happen to Djokovic in the near future. Because he is against Covid-19 immunization, his participation in upcoming grand slams in the US and Australia has been called into question.
Djokovic had a difficult couple of months off the court, and that affected how he played on.
Djokovic was finally kicked out of Australia in January after a long, complicated story that included time in jail and the fact that he couldn’t play in the Australian Open because he wouldn’t get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Due to the circumstances surrounding his deportation, Djokovic might face a three-year visa suspension in Australia. However, Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews did not rule out an exception. She stated in January that “every application will be assessed on its merits.”
The former world No. 1 said that during that time, he had to “ride out a storm,” even though he has been slowly getting back into action.
Goran Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon in 2001 and is Djokovic’s coach, praised him for coming back after a “difficult year.” Djokovic has won 21 grand slam titles.
His stance against the COVID-19 immunization has prevented him from competing in some tournaments, despite his return to activity in others.
He has been unable to compete in US tournaments this year, including Indian Wells and the Miami Open, as entry to the US requires a full COVID-19 vaccination for all non-US citizens.
Furthermore, as things stand, he would not be allowed to participate in the US Open, which will start on August 29, because he is not immunized.
Given the current situation, Djokovic didn’t sound very optimistic about competing at Flushing Meadows, but he did remark that he would “really love” to play there.
In fact, the 35-year-old would not be allowed to participate in the 2023 Australian Open because of current visa regulations in Australia.
That would imply that Djokovic, one of the best tennis players in history, would play his next grand slam match in May 2023 at the French Open.
One grand slam championship separates him from Rafael Nadal’s record of 22, and he has stated that focusing on the biggest competitions will be his major objective in the future.