Uncertain future for Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic as Serb requires political intervention

Novak Djokovic claimed his seventh Wimbledon crown last weekend, but could face a limited schedule for the remainder of the season.

Djokovic defeated Nick Kyrgios in four sets as he sealed his fourth consecutive crown at the All England Club. 

The 35-year-old is now within one grand slam of Rafael Nadal in the race to become the most decorated men's player in the history of the sport.

However, there are question marks over where the Serb will play next. The 21-time grand slam champion already admitted he will take the next couple of weeks off, but could face issues entering tournaments in North America when the hard-court season gets underway.

The United States and Canada both require travellers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, meaning Djokovic, who has not taken the jab, could face a prolonged gap in his campaign unless the rules are changed.

"Whether or not I'm playing any tournament soon, I'll definitely be resting for the next couple of weeks because it has been quite an exhausting and demanding period for me the last few months," he said. "A lot of tennis, which I was very happy about. I got what I wanted here.

"Then I'll wait hopefully for some good news from USA because I would really love to go there. If that doesn't happen, then I have to see what the schedule will look like."

The removal of ranking points from Wimbledon means Djokovic has dropped to seventh in the world, in spite of his SW19 heroics.

However, the tennis great is not overly concerned about the rankings, saying: "To be honest, I doubt that I'll go and chase points. I don't really feel any pressure or necessity to play a certain schedule.

"I achieved that historic weeks at number one that I worked for all my life. Now that that's done and dusted, I prioritise slams and big tournaments really and where I want to play, where I feel good.

"Could be Laver Cup (in London in September), Davis Cup is coming as well. I love playing for my country. I'm going to try to be part of that."

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