Novak Djokovic of Serbia kissed the winning trophy after defeating Nick Kirios of Australia in the men’s singles final on the 14th day of the championship Wimbledon 2022 in London.
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Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic hopes that the American Covid 19 entry rules will change in time to challenge for his fourth title at the US Open later this summer.
Djokovic, who defeated Nick Kyrgios in four sets and lifted the Wimbledon crown four times in a row (seven times in total) on Sunday, consistently refused to vaccinate Covid.
That stance sacrificed the opportunity to compete earlier this year at the 35-year-old Australian Open after a lengthy standoff with the country’s authorities. But he hopes it will be another story when the Flushing Meadows tournament begins in August.
“I haven’t been vaccinated and I have no plans to get vaccinated,” Djokovic said. “So the only good news I can get is to get rid of the green vaccine cards they are obliged to do or what you call it tax exemption.
“I don’t know, I don’t think tax exemption is practically possible. If so, I don’t know what the tax exemption would be.
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“I don’t have many answers there. I think it’s just whether they get rid of this in time for me to get to America.
“It was a very exhausting and tough time for me, whether or not I’m going to the tournament right away, so I’m definitely going to take a break for the next few weeks.
“Then I really want to go to America, so I’m looking forward to the good news from America.”
Djokovic, the fourth man to win the Wimbledon title four times in a row during the open era, admits that his success with Kyrgios has given him a sense of security, especially in the wake of his deportation from Australia. rice field.
“Wimbledon has historically always come to this important stage of my life and career,” he added. “I started this year with elbow surgery in 2018, and I wasn’t playing well and was trying to get back into the rankings.
“It’s no coincidence that this place has such a connection to my life and career. Given this year’s experience, it’s also reassuring. Of course, it’s more value and more importance. And add more emotions.
“As I said many times, this tournament is special to me because it was the first tournament I started playing tennis when I was a kid.
“The more you win, the more logically you feel confident and the next time you go to the court, so you’ll continue to run and definitely feel the connection between this court and this tournament.”
Djokovic coach Goran Ivanisevic, who won the 2001 tournament, said he was always confident that the top seeds would bounce off the disappointment of the Australian Open, having played four times in the Wimbledon final in his own play.
“For some people, they never recover — they never play tennis,” Ivanisevic said. “This was a big shock. It was a shock to me, and I was free — imagine for him.
“It’s really heroic to me because it wasn’t easy to digest and play tennis. People like him are definitely great champions.
“He just needed to find peace. As I said, he could play for a week and not in that tournament next week, so it wasn’t easy to plan something.
“It wasn’t easy, but this is the result. This trophy, this joy on the center court, it’s so beautiful. It’s rewarding.”