Novak Djokovic is widely regarded as the man to beat at Wimbledon 2022. Last year’s Wimbledon champion is so at home on the grass and his movement is second to none on the green stuff. He rarely plays any warmup events on grass but instead he gets to SW19 nice and early to practice on the courts ahead of the event. This year as in most years he is seeded number one at Wimbledon and has a relatively serene draw to the final and a potential 21st grand slam title. Why on earth would Novak Djokovic be under pressure at Wimbledon?
Covid and vaccines have never been far from the headlines in these past 24 months. Djokovic occupied the headlines across the globe in January when he was held in quarantine in Australia following an incorrectly filled in form. Novak was deported on the eve of the tournament and went into hiding for 6 weeks whilst things died down. Djokovic has so far to our knowledge refused to accept a Covid 19 vaccine and as such will not be permitted into the United States to play the events leading up to and including the US Open. It also appears likely that he will not be allowed in Australia next year to play the Australian Open. The reality is that it could be the French Open 2023 before Djokovic next tastes grand slam action.
Djokovic first Wimbledon practice
This could really put the pressure on Novak Djokovic this Wimbledon. Novak knows that he has to win this event to stand a chance of catching Rafael Nadal who currently stands on 22 grand slam victories. If he doesn’t win and Nadal wins his third slam on the bounce it will really put the final nail in the coffin in the GOAT debat. It would look really difficult for Djokovic to be caught in the grand slam race. This will ofcourse put a serious amount of pressure on Djokovic at Wimbledon. We know that Novak responds fantastically well under pressure but he can lose his temper at times. Will the crowd be cheering for Djokovic or shouting against him?