‘I’m Not Able to Defend 4000 Points’ – Novak Djokovic Disregards Wimbledon’s Decision

Published 05/23/2022, 9:59 PM EDT
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev | Credits: Reuters

Novak Djokovic has had a turbulent 2022 season. The Serb was all set to defend his Australian Open crown Down Under. However, a day before the commencement of the tournament, Djokovic was denied entry into the tournament after his deportation from Australia. Further, he has had inconsistent form across tournaments this season.

Recently, ATP and WTA announced their decision to strip ranking points from this year’s Wimbledon. This came after the grass-court Grand Slam tournament decided to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes. After his first-round victory at Roland Garros, Djokovic gave his views on the ATP’s ruling.

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Novak Djokovic disappointed after losing out on ranking points

ATP’s decision means that Djokovic won’t be able to defend the 2000 ranking points he earned during his triumph at Wimbledon last year. Due to this, he will lose his Number 1 ranking. Talking about this, he said, “I’m affected because I’m not able to defend 4000 points [Australia and Wimbledon], but I’m happy to see that the ATP and the players decided to show Wimbledon that when you make a wrong decision, there are consequences.”

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Further, he added, “Wimbledon is still Wimbledon, it was my dream as a kid, I never looked at it for points of prize-money, but I understand the group of players affected. It’s a lose-lose situation.”

Djokovic felt that this controversy surrounding Wimbledon could have been avoided with better communication by the organizing committee. He said, “I’m glad that the players got together with ATP and the governing bodies. I’ve always supported the players unification. That’s up to Wimbledon, the LTA to take decisions but I’ve discovered a few days ago that there were recommendations from the UK government to the All England club…there were several options on the table and they haven’t discussed it with anybody from the ATP or any individual player.”

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Djokovic advances at the French Open 2022

The defending champion was off to a positive start in Paris. Yesterday, he defeated Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan comfortably in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-0.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the final against. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Moreover, in a match lasting just under 2 hours, Djokovic converted eight break points against his opponent’s one. Overall, it was a dominating performance by the Serb, who is high on confidence after his victory in the Italian Open. Subsequently, in the second round of Roland Garros, Djokovic will face the winner of the match between Alex Molcan and Federico Coria.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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