“Preparations Have Begun”: Novak Djokovic Refrains From Revealing Much Ahead of Australian Open 2022

Published 12/15/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Group F – Serbia v Germany – Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria – November 27, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


The 2021 ATP season has been an amazing year for Novak Djokovic. Not only did he equal the 2-Grand Slam record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but he also finished the year as World No. 1 for a record seventh time.

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However, the Serbian was knocked out of the Davis Cup last month. Subsequently, he is now enjoying the off-season before the 2022 season begins. Today, attended he a Euroleague Basketball match in Belgrade with Canadian friend and colleague Vasek Pospisil.

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Novak Djokovic is enjoying the time off before 2022

After dominating throughout the year, Novak Djokovic is now enjoying his holidays. He attended a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague match to support Crvena Zvezda, a Serbian basketball team.

The entire arena erupted in applause for the World No. 1 as the spectators gave him a standing ovation. Throughout the match, the Serbinator enthusiastically made his support for the Crvena Zvezda known emphatically.

Every time the team scored, Novak Djokovic joined in on the fun, supporting his nation’s team throughout the course of the match. Sadly, the final result saw his team on the losing side. Crvena Zvezda fell to the Barcelona team 69-76 as the final whistle rang through the arena.

Additionally, Djokovic talked to a Russian news outlet present at the match. “I came with some friends from abroad. Pospisil says he has never seen anything like it,” Novak said. Then, when asked about his preparations for the upcoming season, the Serbinator refused to reveal much.

“Preparations have begun,” he said. “We are preparing. It is going well.” Hence, it is clear that Novak Djokovic is as good at remaining ambiguous as he is at tennis!

The 34-year-old had also been quite vague about his decision regarding playing in the 2022 Australian Open as well. However, all doubts and speculations have now been quelled as the Serbian has his name on the entry list for the first major tournament of next year.

Djokovic is thoroughly enjoying the holidays

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Just this week, Djokovic was also holidaying in the Serbian mountains. Naturally, Serbians recognized the World No. 1 and congratulated him on his year. Additionally, they also clicked a lot of selfies with Nole, too!

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At one of the restaurants in the mountains that the World No. 1 stopped at, the entire staff of the place gathered around him for one big photograph, which must have utterly warmed their heart, despite the snow around.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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