Novak Djokovic didn’t have the most effective of 2022. He was touted to interrupt all Grand Slam information after an unimaginable 2021 the place he had picked up three majors. Nevertheless, the yr had begun with Djokovic being denied the chance to defend his title in Melbourne owing to his Covid vaccination standing. He was finally deported and handed a three-year visa ban. Djokovic has since been preventing to overturn the choice in order that he can fly Down Underneath for the 2023 season, and earlier this week, the Serb was served with the pleasant information of his visa van getting overturned. On Thursday, Rafael Nadal opened up on the choice.
With Djokovic absent, Nadal had capitalised on it to bounce again from the brink of retirement to carry his second Australian Open title by beating Daniil Medvedev in an epic five-match setter.
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Talking to the media after Nadal beat Casper Ruud in ATP Finals 2022, Nadal admitted that he’s pleased for Djokovic that he’ll make his return to Australia for the 2023 season.
“I always said the same,” he defined. “Tennis is better when the best players are on the court. At the end, we don’t have to create many stories. Even if was a big mess what happened last year in Australia, was not good for our sport. That was past. Roger is not playing anymore. I missed a lot of Grand Slams for injuries. Last year Novak was not able to play there. That’s past.
“What’s next is Novak will be able to play again. That’s the best news possible, especially knowing that now the virus is more under control – seems – around the world. So why not?
“Happy for him. Happy for the tournament. Happy for the fans. That’s it.”