Novak Djokovic not too long ago landed in Australia, almost a 12 months after his extremely publicized visa debacle that noticed him deported from the nation Down Underneath as a consequence of his unvaccinated standing. His arrival was welcomed with open arms by former CEO of the Australian Open, Paul McNamee.
The previous Australian doubles participant, who has prolonged his help to the 21-time Grand Slam champion quite a few occasions up to now, was glad to see Djokovic again on court docket within the nation and acknowledged him for his excellent leads to 2022, regardless of dealing with bans from numerous tournaments. McNamee was additionally in awe of the previous World No. 1’s holistic method and generosity.
“Good to see Novak Djokovic again on court docket in Australia. In any case, he completed 2022 as the most effective participant on the planet, arguably probably the most full athlete on the earth and, as an individual, with a holistic method and generosity of spirit which is commonly ignored. Welcome again Novak,” Paul McNamee wrote on his social media.
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Novak Djokovic kicked off his 2023 marketing campaign on the Adelaide Worldwide 1 on January 2, with a doubles encounter partnering with Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. The pair failed to show the fixture of their favor towards Tomislav Brkic and Gonzalo Escobar, dropping within the deciding tiebreak 4-6,6-3, 10-5. The Serb will now stay up for contesting the singles title on January 3, starting with a conflict towards French participant Fixed Lestienne within the spherical of 32.
The 35-year-old, who’s enjoying the event in Adelaide in preparation for the upcoming Australian Open, will probably be vying for a historic tenth title and twenty second Grand Slam, and was backed by Paul McNamee in his pursuit.
“I’m hoping he can get it. For me, he’s an individual of precept. Not everybody agrees with what his place is, however he stands by his phrase and missed two grand slams this 12 months. That’s rather a lot to overlook once you’re one off successful probably the most Grand Slams, so I respect it and I hope he’s effectively obtained,” he stated.
McNamee thinks the Serb will give it his all in making an attempt to realize the particular feat.
“I feel successful 10 has a particular ring to it. The one different man who’s gained 10 [at a Grand Slam event] is Rafa on the French, so I feel he’ll be going laborious to get a tenth Australian Open, particularly after final 12 months,” McNamee stated.
Ballot : Will Novak Djokovic declare a historic tenth title at Australian Open 2023?