Canada, the first stone on Djokovic’s path

Uncertainty is a word that could define the situation of Novak Djokovic since the start of the season. The Serb started the year with a dark episode in Australia, a country from which he was expelled for being considered a danger to public health for not having been vaccinated. After almost three months without playing an official match, Novak was able to play in Dubai, although he fell in the quarter-finals against Jiri Vesely, in a match where he was far from his best level. Monte Carlo arrived a few months later with absences in Indian Wells and Miami. Djokovic said goodbye to the Monegasque tournament with a first-round loss to Alejandro Davidovich.

He later revealed that he suffered from an illness that completely wiped him out on the court, as happened in Belgrade’s final against Andrey Rublev, a match in which he conceded 6- 0 in the last set. From Madrid, we could start to see a Novak Djokovic as before. He lifted the title in Rome, left Roland Garros with an unforgettable battle against Rafa Nadal and his star tournament arrived: Wimbledonwhere he clarified who ruled the London grass.

first doubts

However, in this month of July, doubts are beginning to dawn on the closest future of the Serbian tennis player. Djokovic has made it clear that he wants to play the US Open, but according to current regulations, Novak couldn’t enter the country. These three months during which he was able to compete normally could experience a major break in the weeks to come.

Despite the fact that Djokovic appears to be registered for the Masters 1000 in Montreal, Jean Lapierre, director of the Canadian tournament, is not so convinced of his participation, according to sports Club“The situation is clear: either Canada changes the rules or Djokovic will have to get vaccinated. I don’t consider either scenario to be likely.

The last time Nole competed at the Canadian Masters was in 2018, where he was beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 16. Even if it is a good opportunity to start the American tour on hard courts, Djokovic has shown that he can do without this tournament. Last season, he reached the final without having played in any tournament before the American Grand Slam.

Passage unlikely in Canada

“The rules apply to everyone. There are always exceptions, but the rules apply to everyone.” These are the words of Jean-Yves Duclos, Canadian Minister of Health. Seeking this exception could be the only possibility for the Serb, waiting also a possible change on the vaccination to enter Canada.

Despite the fact that today the Serbian has very few options to access Canada, we will have to keep waiting for a change so that Novak can play an interesting summer tour. In case of not being able to play, Djokovic will again be absent from the circuit for at least a month.

Alvin Nguyen

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