Novak Djokovic’s controversial year has taken another turn for the worse, with tennis fans criticizing him. Decision to play in this week’s Tel Aviv Open in Israel.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played an official ATP tournament since winning Wimbledon in July, but he has played in Laver Cup last weekend farewell to Roger Federer Event.
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Djokovic will return to the ATP competition in Tel Aviv this week, where he will also play singles Doubles up alongside veteran Israeli warrior Jonathan Ehrlich.
Djokovic is teaming up with Elrich in the final event of the 45-year-old’s career, having won the only doubles title of his career with the Israeli at Queen’s Club in 2010.
The Tel Aviv Open has not been part of the ATP calendar since 1996, but was reinstated by the men’s governing body this year after the Chinese swing was scrapped.
Tel Aviv held the ATP event from 1978 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1996, and will return this year after a 26-year hiatus.
But Djokovic’s decision to play in the ATP 250 event sparked a backlash from fans over the humanitarian crisis between Israel and Palestine.
Many believe that Djokovic’s participation is a bad outlook given the ongoing political and religious conflict in the region.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations on Friday that Israel was engaged in a campaign to confiscate land in the occupied territories and give the army “total freedom” to kill Palestinians or use excessive force against them.
“This is the truth,” Abbas said. “They are an apartheid regime.”
Djokovic arrived in Israel on Monday and immediately came under fire from fans.
Many responded to a Twitter post by Djokovic with videos of violence across Israel and the disputed Palestinian territories, calling his move “disgusting” and “shameful”.
The new uproar comes after a year of controversy over Djokovic, who was dramatically removed from Australia ahead of this year’s first Grand Slam due to being vaccinated.
he is too He missed the last US Open because of his rejection For a Covid-19 hit, as well as the ATP 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati.
Since then, Djokovic has slipped in the rankings from #1 to #7, and he will be desperate to get some much-needed rating points.
He lost an amazing 2,000 points despite winning Wimbledon due to ATP and WTA penalties on the All England Club.
The men’s and women’s tours made the stunning decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points after the All England Club banned players from Russia and Belarus due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Novak Djokovic has a wrist problem
Meanwhile, Djokovic revealed that he was troubled by a wrist problem during the Laver Cup in London and his lengthy absence from the tour could be the cause.
The 35-year-old, who missed the hard-court swing at the North American and US Open due to not being vaccinated, put in an impressive performance on Saturday by winning the singles and doubles matches.
But he lost to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day of competition on Sunday.
“I’ve been struggling with my right wrist for the past four or five days, to be honest,” Djokovic told reporters.
“The two matches yesterday may have had an impact. Today was not easy. I couldn’t serve as fast or as accurate as I would like. It affected the whole match.”
Djokovic said qualifying for the ATP Finals in November in Turin remained his goal and that he would play an event in Kazakhstan next week and then the Paris Masters at the end of October.
His Wimbledon victory guarantees a place in the Tour End Finals if he remains in the world’s top 20.
Djokovic said the wrist problem may be caused by a combination of factors.
“He might not be playing games for about three months, so the conditions here make the balls really big and slow,” he said.
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