Djokovic wants to go to Wimbledon in a ‘lost’ situation

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - May 23, 2022 Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his first round match against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka REUTERS / Yves Herman

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 23, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his first round match against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka REUTERS / Yves Herman

Novak Djokovic said on Monday that he wanted to “go to Wimbledon” to defend his title despite controversy over snatching the tournament’s ranking points.

“Yes, I want to go to Wimbledon,” Djokovic said after beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the French Open.

However, he added that the tournament’s initial decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players after the Ukraine invasion was a “mistake”.

The 35-year-old Djokovic will lose 2,000 points due to the ATP and WTA Tour’s decision to remove ranking points from Wimbledon in response to the player ban.

“Personally, on a personal level, I’ve been very negatively affected,” Djokovic said.

He has already lost 2,000 points for failing to defend the Australian Open title.

“Collectively, I’m glad that the players have joined ATP and shown the Grand Slam that when something goes wrong, and Wimbledon has done it, we have to show that something is going to happen.”

Djokovic believes there were other solutions available at Wimbledon that would be less stringent than direct bans.

“I learned a few days ago that there was a document recommending the British government to the All England Club and that they had several options,” Djokovic said.

“There was only one person at the table. They did not discuss it with ATP or any individual player or with Russian or Belarusian players just to communicate and understand where both sides could reach an agreement and do something.

“So I think it was a wrong decision. I do not support it at all. This is a losing situation for everyone. “

The Serb, who could not defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from Melbourne due to his vaccine status, outlined options.

Osaka ‘leaned towards not playing’

Among the options, he said, were Belarus, Ukraine and the Russians playing an exhibition event during a slam or mixed doubles event.

“The prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine,” added six-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic.

“But really, unfortunately, there was no strong communication from Wimbledon. So I think it’s just wrong.

“Of course this is a very unique and strange situation. Of course a Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. As a kid, Wimbledon was my dream tournament.

“I do not see it through the lens of points or rewards. But there must be some standards, some mutual respect. ”

Earlier on Monday, former world number one Naomi Osaka said she was “leaning towards not playing” Wimbledon.

Osaka said after the 6-5, 6-4 loss to Amanda Anisimova, “I would say that the decision is affecting my grassroots mentality, as I am not 100% sure if I will go there.”

“In the current situation, I am more inclined towards not playing. I am a player who is inspired to see my rankings increase, “added the four-time major winner.

“The purpose of the measure was good, but the death penalty is everywhere. I’m sure the whole point will be a bit behind with the situation. Then I think I will make my decision. “

“I think if I play Wimbledon without points, it’s like a show,” added Osaka, who has never been out of the third round at an All England club.

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