Novak Djokovic can aim to defend his title on the classic Wimbledon lawn

Everything should go back to normal.

At least that’s what the organizers are hoping for at Wimbledon. “We plan to return to a regular tournament this year,” Bolton said. Therefore, “none of last year’s Covid 19 measures will be applied in any substantial form”. Means: there is no longer a vaccination requirement for professionals.

Despite everything, the classic lawn will not be normal. Russian and Belarusian players are excluded from participation due to the war in Ukraine.

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Ian Hewitt, president of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, explained that he “does not see alternatives. In all circumstances, they want to prevent the successes of the Russian and Belarusian professionals from being exploited by the” Russian propaganda machine “.

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Djokovic, meanwhile, is able to compete and has a chance to win Wimbledon for the seventh time. The Serbian has won the last three editions of the Grand Slam, beating Matteo Berrettini in four sets in the 2021 final.

Djokovic is struggling with his metabolism

But there are also concerns about the 20-time world champion. The comeback tournaments in Monte Carlo (elimination in the second round) and Belgrade (defeat in the final against Andrey Rublev) did not go according to plan.

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A disease afflicts the 34-year-old. “It’s not the coronavirus, I don’t want to give more details, but it’s something that affects my metabolism,” said the world number one after the final defeat in Belgrade.
At least Djokovic has the certainty of not having to fear a similar theater with expulsion at the French Open and Wimbledon as at the beginning of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
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