It’s a long-awaited return. Serbian Novak Djokovic, who was unable to take part in the Australian Open in January after an imbroglio linked to his vaccination standing, reappears on the tennis courts. The world primary is collaborating in the Dubai match (February 21-26), which he received in 2020 towards Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“I’m looking forward to returning to play on Monday. I miss tennis after everything that’s happened”had declared the “Djoker” to the press throughout a go to to the pavilion of his nation, Serbia, at the World Expo in Dubai on Thursday. Here are the questions raised by his return to sport.
How lengthy was his absence?
The world primary’s final match dates again to December 3. That day, “Nole” bought the higher of the Croatian Marin Cilic (6-4,6-2) in the group levels of the Davis Cup in Madrid.
He has since gone 79 days with out taking part in an official match, his longest absence since 2017. That season, the Serb stayed away from the circuit for six months. Suffering from the elbow, he had been compelled to abandon in the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals towards Tomas Berdych (7-5, 2-0). The winner of twelve main trophies at the time returned to the courts in January 2018 for the Australian Open (the place he was knocked out by South Korean Chung Hyeon). The Serb was at the moment in thirteenth place in the ATP rankings.
After two and a half months away from the courts, the Serb will make his large comeback in Dubai towards the Italian Lorenzo Musetti, 57th in the world. The latter had pushed him to the fifth set throughout their final confrontation, in the spherical of 16 at Roland-Garros.
What are the prospects for the relaxation of his season?
To enter the United Arab Emirates and subsequently participate in the ATP 500 (the most vital occasions after the Grand Slam tournaments and the Masters 1000), vaccination is just not obligatory. A godsend for the Serb, who sees his prospects restricted by his refusal to be vaccinated.
Many nations situation their coverage of entry into the territory to a vaccination cross. Djokovic may subsequently miss a very good half of the tournaments of the season, beginning with the American tour (Indian Wells and Miami, the first two Masters 1000 of the yr), since solely vaccinated folks (except there’s a waiver) are licensed to enter. on American soil.
His constructive check on December 16 solely offers him a certificates of restoration till mid-April. Therefore, his participation in Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5) proves to be compromised, besides in the occasion of the circumstances for participation in sports activities competitions altering by then. However, it’s attainable that the Serb may defend his title at Wimbledon in July, since the United Kingdom has already began to carry sure well being restrictions, in explicit the quarantine obligation for unvaccinated folks.
In an interview with the British tv channel BBC, he stated to himself “willing to pay the price” of his convictions regarding the vaccine towards Covid-19 by renouncing, if obligatory, Roland-Garros and Wimbledon. “The principles that drive decision making about my body are more important than a title or anything.”he stated. “I will follow the rules and whatever tournament I can participate in, I will try to go to this country and play” he stated on Sunday throughout his press convention in Dubai.
What penalties for the ATP rating?
Apart from stopping his quest for a twenty first Grand Slam title, Djokovic’s non-participation in the Australian Open additionally jeopardized his supremacy on the ATP rankings. If he’s nonetheless #1 in the world at the second, his crown is in peril. Daniil Medvedev may have already got taken energy if he had been topped in Melbourne.
@DaniilMedwed can attain the high spot on 28 February.
Read the full story right here
— ATP Tour (@atptour) February 12, 2022
The two males will this week have interaction in a battle at a distance. Medvedev, competing in Acapulco, will seize the high spot in the standings if he wins the Mexican match, regardless of Djokovic’s end result in Dubai. Several different situations are attainable in which the Serb would lose his world primary title, together with if Medvedev reaches the closing in Acapulco and the Serb doesn’t win the title, or if he loses earlier than the quarter-finals in the Emirates and his runner-up passes the first Mexican spherical.
A sure stress will subsequently weigh on the shoulders of Djokovic in Dubai. His 360-week reign at the high of world tennis, a males’s report, might be over.