During the press conference following the third round at Wimbledon 2022, Novak Djokovic was asked for an opinion on the ATP’s decision to allow coaching in the second half of the season. Djokovic explained: “Well, I can say that I understand both arguments.
There are people who are against it, because they want to keep the uniqueness of our sport intact. Tennis is an individual sport and many people think that athletes have to find out for themselves solutions on the court, without any kind of help.
At the same time, we all know that coaching occurs in most matches. I understand the decision to legalize coaching, but only under certain conditions. Certain parameters must be respected, such as that the coach can only give suggestions to the player if he is in the part of the field where he resides in the stands.
I don’t know how things will go. It will take some time for the situation to stabilize. This is an absolute novelty for men. So let’s see how it goes. I’ll do my analysis before the match, hoping to start like I did in the last few games.”
Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2022
Novak Djokovic has definitely raised his level after struggling on his debut against Kwon. Seeding number 1 got rid of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Miomir Kecmanovic without problems, thus reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
In the fourth round, Nole defeated Tim Van Rijthoven, qualifying for the quarterfinals, where he will meet Jannik Sinner. The Serbian phenomenon is the big favorite to lift the trophy, but he will have to avoid a dip in tension to secure his seventh Championships title.
2022 has been stingy with satisfactions for Nole up to now, also thanks to her choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was expelled from Australia after a long soap opera, which also caused serious damage to his image.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade did not redeem himself at Roland Garros, where he stopped in the quarters in the presence of his eternal rival Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard then fled to his 22nd Major, further stretching over Federer and Djokovic in the all-time rankings.