Novak Djokovic
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Due to his unvaccinated status, the 20-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic has only played three matches this year. That was all at the Qatar Open since he was unable to defend his Australian Open title. He was also denied entry into the United States to compete at the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open.

His voyage to Australia, in particular, has left wounds. He was stopped and questioned by border police for many hours, spent several days in a detention center, and went through two court hearings.

After Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal powers to revoke his visa for the second time, he was finally removed from the nation. Novak Djokovic was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported for failing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

He had to miss events in Indian Wells, California, and Miami lately. Because he couldn’t fly to the US for the same reason. He has said that he will not receive the vaccination in order to compete. Djokovic had a rocky start to 2022, going through imprisonment and a court hearing during an 11-day odyssey in Australia before being returned home.

Rafael Nadal went on to win his 21st major title, breaking a tie with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Djokovic lost his No. 1 ranking for the first time in two years at the end of February, falling to No. 2 behind Daniil Medvedev before recovering the top place.

“The last four, five months have been really challenging for me mentally and emotionally, but here I am. I try to leave all of that behind me and move on,”

“The last four, five months have been really challenging for me mentally and emotionally, but here I am. I try to leave all of that behind me and move on,”

With his French Open win in 2021 still fresh in his memory, Djokovic declared that the clay in Monaco is the greatest surface for his comeback. Despite the fact that it has not been a successful surface for him.

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