Novak Djokovic had no luck this season. He has suffered a lot due to various political and social reasons and it looks like he will suffer at the end of the season too. Djokovic was not allowed to defend the Australian Open title earlier this year due to his vaccination status and also had to miss the Indian Wells and Miami Masters for the same reason.
He had a very average clay-court season by his standards, winning the Rome Masters but bowing out of the French Open quarter-finals ahead of Rafael Nadal. He won’t be able to defend his 2000 points at Wimbledon either after ATP snubbed ranking points to take a stand against Wimbledon, which bans Russian players.
To make matters worse, Djokovic is not allowed to enter the USA and therefore has to do without the American hard court swing. He misses the US Open and loses 1200 ranking points. John McEnroe spoke to the BBC about how difficult the situation is for Djokovic.
He said Djokovic has been tough as a player throughout his career, be it under any circumstances, and praised the mental toughness he’s shown over the years despite having his back against the wall.
“I think that Novak has not yet overcome the situation he was in. Novak is tough, he’s had many, many occasions where he’s had to deal with an audience that’s not on his side against the other two greats, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, but he’s there, with them, what something says strength about his mentality,” said McEnroe.
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‘I don’t think he could handle the consequences’: John McEnroe on Novak Djokovic
But McEnroe said the last few months have been very unexpected and he doesn’t think Djokovic will be able to deal with the consequences. McEnroe believes this will have a mental effect on Djokovic in the long run and there are early signs of it.
“But no one could have predicted what has happened over the past few months. I don’t think he could handle the consequences, even though he stood by his beliefs and his decision. Bottom line, I can’t imagine it didn’t affect him that much and that’s probably why he didn’t train enough to look a bit out of shape for his Monte Carlo standards.” he said.
The American legend went on to say that Djokovic, who arrived at Roland Garros without playing the Australian Open, didn’t help him and now at Wimbledon the pressure will be on him to catch up with Rafael Nadal. And McEnroe added that even if he does win Wimbledon, his absence from American swing will see him fall very badly down the rankings in the coming months, which is a shame.
“I think the fact that he got there without having played a Grand Slam match since the last US Open caught up with him at Roland Garros. Now things are intensifying, I assume ahead of Wimbledon he’s put more pressure on himself, especially not being able to play in New York. He could win Wimbledon and become the 40th tennis player in the world in a matter of months because he cannot play in the US. That’s crazy! That’s sad!” he said.
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