Novak Djokovic has had a very disappointing first half of the 2022 season. His season officially had to start in the Dubai Open after the COVID vaccine controversy.
Novak was the clear favourite walking into Australia, however, due to an error in his VISA paperwork and his reluctance to take the COVID-19 vaccine, he was deported from the country.
Not only this but his rival Rafael Nadal also overtook him and Roger Federer in the number of Grand Slam titles. Novak’s season had been uncertain from the start as it was uncertain, how much he would get to play because of the vaccine status.
His official start to the tournament was not that good based on his standards since he could only reach the quarterfinals in the Dubai Open.
Before the clay season officially started, he only had played one tournament. He recovered well and went on to participate in four different European clay-court tournaments including the French Open. He won his first and only title of the year in Rome.
He lost against Rafael Nadal who eventually won the Rolland Garros in the quarterfinals and he is yet to make a Grand Slam final appearance in 2022.
Is Wimbledon the last hope for Novak Djokovic?
Things do not seem to get better from Novak Djokovic. He is a serious contender for the Wimbledon title alongside Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios and the Wimbledon might be his only chance in 2022 to win a grand slam title.
The US Open grand slam title will not have its doors open for Djokovic since he has not taken the COVID vaccine. Unless there is a rule change by the US Health Department, Novak is all but set to miss out on the last grand slam title of the season.
Djokovic is currently in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and is going to face Jannik Sinner on the Centre Court on Tuesday. Fans might witness another Nadal vs Djokovic classic in the finals if all things go according to plan.