As everyone knows, no points were awarded in the 2022 edition of Wimbledon after the ATP decision. Indeed, the players’ association made this decision after British organizers made official the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players from the Grand Slam.
But that didn’t do them any good as it punished the few players who needed to be defended in the tournament and those who had done well in the third Major of the season.
Among them, Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios were the winners and finalists of the tournament, respectively. Prior to Wimbledon, the 21-time Grand Slam winner had already had to miss several major tournaments such as the Australian Open and the first two American Masters 1000 due to his health condition due to not being vaccinated against Covid 19.
In addition, there was his subsequent absence from New York, Canada, and Cincinnati due to the same situation. All this meant that the Serb would not be able to defend 5,200 points, but even if Wimbledon had given him the points, he would have found himself below two Spaniards Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal.
Australian Nick Kyrgios, current world number 20, could have been 13th, equaling his best standings on October 24, 2016, and could be a fair reward for a great season with more continuity for the Canberra native. , 27 years old .
Another suspended player is Italian Jannik Sinner, who can enter the top 10 at this point, just like Taylor Fritz. Instead, both are ranked twelfth and eleventh, respectively.
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Novak Djokovic admitted that the long hiatus after Wimbledon was a boon, if not ideal, and increased his ‘victory hunger’.
“True. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season. More than three months have passed since the Wimbledon final,” Novak Djokovic said in an on-court interview following the Astana Open final.
He expressed that after winning championships in consecutive weeks, he now feels very motivated to complete the season. “Since Madrid, I’ve only lost to Rafa at the circuit at Roland Garros, everything else was a pure victory.
As in the last two weeks, I am very excited and motivated to finish the season,” said Djokovic, 35, “I actually dared to dream.”
“I always hoped I would have a great career. Frankly, I didn’t know how many finals I would play or how many tournaments I would win, but my intention was always to reach the highest levels of our sport.”