Former Belgian top player Sabine Appelmans talks Novak Djokovic mental flexibility after his visa got revoked by the Australian government to participate in the Australian Open 2022. His hopes for a shot at his 21st Grand Slam as well as a calendar Slam went up in flames.
Sabine Appelmans wonders if Novak Djokovic can get back up after this hard blow for the Serbian player whilst talking to Belgian newspaper HLN.be.
“Djokovic is the best player in the world and the Australian Open organisation would have loved for him to play in the 2022 edition of the first Grand Slam of the year. He draws a big crowd and could have written history with 21st Grand Slam title. This will be postponed until the later Grand Slam tournaments in 2022.”
“To me Djokovic has been the strongest player ever on the ATP Tour. I have been wondering on whether or not this could be the final blow that would make him cave under the heavy pressure he has been under. Djokovic has always been a bit of a robot but it is going to be interesting to see now how he deals with this. What he always does is put himself in the role of the victim to get the crowd behind him. We will see if he can do that again.”
While Sabine Appelmans mentions the other Grand Slam tournaments, his participations in those tournaments are in peril as well. France is slowly moving to a 2G society where you need to have proof of a full vaccination to get into the country.
England however has just announced that proof of vaccination is no longer required while the USA hasn’t made any announcements yet regarding their future dealings of their coronavaccination status.
Sabine Appelmans is a former Belgian top player who has participated in three Olympic Games for her homecountry and has won no less than seven WTA Titles.
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