“Novak Djokovic will only be welcome in THIS case” TD Feliciano Lopez reveals Serbian tennis player’s chance to play at Madrid Open »FirstSportz

Novak Djokovic and Feliciano Lopez
Novak Djokovic and Feliciano Lopez

Novak Djokovic continues to look for leagues to compete in the 2022 season as his decision not to get vaccinated for Covid-19 has cut his schedule short with many countries mandating vaccinations for foreigners. Djokovic suffered a crushing defeat in Australia in January 2022 when he was deported and banned from entry for three years and had to give up his Australian Open hat-trick without any title defense.

Djokovic remained inactive for January on the Tour and also missed the first three weeks of competition in February before making his final season debut at 2022 Dubai Tennis Championship where the Serbian tennis player was defeated by the world number 123 Jiri Vesely second time in as many meetings. Losing to Jiri means that Novak also loses the world No. 1 position to his hands Daniil Medvedev who will come out on top on February 28, the Monday when the rankings are updated.

With Novak already informed about Not allowed in the US for the upcoming 2022 Indian Wells Masters and 2022 Miami Masters, the Serbian will lose more ranking points. With the Tour set to focus more on Clay from April, Djokovic is looking for tournaments to play in the Golden Swing of the Tour and there may be some hope for him to feature at the Madrid Masters 2022.

Recently, I have been asked a lot about my position on this issue. After what happened in Australia, it seems the main issue is where and where Novak can be and play. Ultimately, as a tournament, we don’t have the power to decide who can go and who can’t. I just hope that in May Spain will be like now, Covid will continue to decline.

“That my country will be fine, that restrictions will be minimal or non-existent. And that people can enter freely and that’s what we want, what we expect. In this case, Novak would be welcome like all players,” speak Feliciano LopezThe Tournament Director of the 2022 Madrid Open scheduled from May 1 to May 8, in his interview with Marca.

Novak Djokovic’s record at Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic with the 2019 Madrid Open trophy
Novak Djokovic with the 2019 Madrid Open trophy

Djokovic made his tournament debut in 2005 losing the first round of qualifying. He had a starting match in 2006 and made it to the quarterfinals. After some steady performances, he reached his first final in 2011 defeating Rafael Nadal in the straight set. He won his second title in 2016 when he beat Andy Murray in 3 sets.

Novak won his 3rd title in 2019 when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight matches, it was also his last appearance at the tournament as the 2020 edition was canceled due to the Pandemic and the Serb chose not to defend his title in the 2021 edition.

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