Novak Djokovic just lately landed in Australia, almost a 12 months after his extremely publicized visa debacle that noticed him deported from the nation Down Underneath attributable to his unvaccinated standing. His arrival was welcomed with open arms by former CEO of the Australian Open, Paul McNamee.
The previous Australian doubles participant, who has prolonged his help to the 21-time Grand Slam champion quite a few instances prior to now, was glad to see Djokovic again on courtroom within the nation and acknowledged him for his excellent leads to 2022, regardless of going through bans from varied tournaments. McNamee was additionally in awe of the previous World No. 1’s holistic strategy and generosity.
“Good to see Novak Djokovic again on courtroom in Australia. In any case, he completed 2022 as the most effective participant on the planet, arguably probably the most full athlete on the planet and, as an individual, with a holistic strategy and generosity of spirit which is commonly missed. Welcome again Novak,” Paul McNamee wrote on his social media.
“I’m hoping he can get it” – Former Australian Open CEO Paul McNamee earlier backed Novak Djokovic ahead of Australian Open 2023
Novak Djokovic kicked off his 2023 campaign at the Adelaide International 1 on January 2, with a doubles encounter partnering with Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. The pair failed to show the fixture of their favor towards Tomislav Brkic and Gonzalo Escobar, shedding within the deciding tiebreak 4-6,6-3, 10-5. The Serb will now look ahead to contesting the singles title on January 3, starting with a conflict towards French participant Fixed Lestienne within the spherical of 32.
The 35-year-old, who’s enjoying the match in Adelaide in preparation for the upcoming Australian Open, can be vying for a historic tenth title and twenty second Grand Slam, and was backed by Paul McNamee in his pursuit.
“I’m hoping he can get it. For me, he’s an individual of precept. Not everybody agrees with what his place is, however he stands by his phrase and missed two grand slams this 12 months. That’s loads to overlook whenever you’re one off profitable probably the most Grand Slams, so I respect it and I hope he’s properly obtained,” he mentioned.
McNamee thinks the Serb will give it his all in attempting to attain the particular feat.
“I believe profitable 10 has a particular ring to it. The one different man who’s gained 10 [at a Grand Slam event] is Rafa on the French, so I believe he’ll be going laborious to get a tenth Australian Open, particularly after final 12 months,” McNamee mentioned.
Ballot : Will Novak Djokovic declare a historic tenth title at Australian Open 2023?