Djokovic: “Alcaraz deserves to return to number one, I don’t regret not playing Indian Wells and Miami”

FILE – May 20, 2022, France, Paris: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic (L) and Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz take part in a training session at Roland-Garros stadium ahead of their first match at the French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament. Photo: Matt – Matthieu Mirville/ZUMA Press Wir / DPA – File


Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic insists he has no regrets not being able to play the 1,000 Masters in Indian Wells and Miami because he was unable to enter the United States because he was not vaccinated against the coronavirus, something that has left him with a number loss cost one in favor of Carlos Alcaraz, a performance that “it deserved” The Spanish.

“No, I don’t regret it. I’ve been taught all my life that regret just holds you back and basically makes you live in the past, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to live too long in the future either. I want to focus as much as possible on the present moment, but of course also think about the future, to create a better future. So congratulations to Alcaraz, he definitely deserves to go back to number one”Djokovic admitted this Tuesday in an interview with ‘CNN’.

The winner of 22 ‘Grand Slams’ knows he is “Shame” miss the first two Masters 1,000, but acknowledge that “a conscious choice” for his part. “I knew there was always the possibility that I couldn’t go. And the current situation that I hope will change later in view of the US Open, the most important tournament for me on American soil.”he warned.

“I really want to play there and I want to be there. In fact, in 2021, when I lost to Medvedev in the final, I probably had one of the best moments I’ve ever had with the spectators in New York. And I’ve been lucky enough to win that tournament three times and play a lot of finals. And even though I lost that game, I got a lot of love and appreciation from the people and I want to go back and reconnect with the audience there. So that’s something I look forward to and hopefully happen.”he added.

In addition, the man from Belgrade again talks about his rivalry with the Spaniard Rafa Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer. “They made me stronger, both mentally and physically, my game got better because of all the games we played against each other, especially the games I lost to them, some big games”well-known ‘Nole’, who does not forget how inspiring Serena Williams is, champion of 23 ‘greats’. “He continues to inspire me and all tennis players in the world, he has truly been an icon of our sport for so many years.”he stressed.

On the other hand, Djokovic talked about his future after tennis. “I have tried to be sensitive and aware that I need to start preparing for it as soon as possible and surround myself with intelligent people who have the experience of being on that path, in that area, in that industry where I have been so have been interested in for quite some time because I am new.”he pointed.

Source: Noti Merica

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