Novak Djokovic has been cleared to travel to Australia next month. In fact, we recall that the Serbian was unable to play the 2022 Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue. The former world number 1 was expelled from the country after a bad soap opera that lasted about ten days, following which he was “inflicted” with a three-year ban (subsequently revoked by the new government).
Also due to his vaccination status, the 35-year-old from Belgrade also had to give up the US Open and all the American Masters 1000 this year. Despite all the difficulties encountered in 2022, Nole proved that he is still the man to beat by winning Wimbledon, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the ATP Finals in Turin, the ATP 500 in Astana and the ATP 250 in Tel Aviv.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion will start his 2023 by playing the ATP in Adelaide, and then go hunting for his tenth seal in Melbourne Park. In the latest edition of the podcast hosted by Craig Shapiro, Kim Clijsters analyzed Djokovic’s chances of reaching double digits in the Happy Slam.
Clijsters praises Nole Djokovic
“I heard that he’s (Novak Djokovic) able to play this year, in 2023 he’s going to be able to go, and I’m sure he’s going to be more motivated than ever to try and do well there again,” Kim Clijsters recently said on The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast.
“Amazing. The way that he’s able to leave a lot of the negative, the way that he’s able to put that behind him and kind of use it all in a force on the court to play better and be even more focused, I absolutely admire it,” Clijsters expressed.
“I wasn’t in Australia when that whole thing was going on, but I can imagine it’s really tough to go through, not just for him but for the team and everyone involved. It’s a crazy situation,” she added.
Kim Clijsters is quite intrigued by Novak Djokovic’s particular focus on health and fitness, and how he takes good care of his body. “I love watching him play, I love the focus on wellness and longevity, the way he takes care of his body,” Clijsters further said during the chat with Craig Shapiro.
“I find it so intriguing and interesting, and I just would love to sit down with him and pick his brain about it all and ask a million questions. How he’s so into the recovery and it’s not just the basic things that we are used to in the physio room
I was also, to a lot of people, probably out there when it comes to these things. That’s why it intrigues me so much the things that he does,” she added.