Novak Djokovic says he has no regrets about missing out on the US Open and the chance to add to his tally of 21 Grand Slam titles.
The three-time Flushing Meadows champion was ruled out last month after deciding not to get vaccinated for Covid-19.
The winner of the championship was the young Spanish player Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Casper Ruud in the final while Djokovic watched from home.
However, the 35-year-old Serbian said: “No, I have no regrets. I mean, I’m sorry I can’t play, but it’s my decision. I accepted them because I knew what the outcome would be. no more.
“Congratulations to Alcaraz on winning the US Open. He did incredibly well in three and four five-set matches in the tournament. He is 19 years old and ranked number one in the world.
Djokovic has missed the 2022 Australian Open after the drawn-out saga, and it remains to be seen whether the rules will be relaxed to allow him to compete in Melbourne next year.
“I am waiting for the news,” he added. “It’s really not in my hands right now. I hope to get some positive news soon.
Djokovic is waiting for the Laver Cup atmosphere.
“The Laver Cup gives you this unique opportunity to be with your rivals on the team and train with them, off the court and spend quality time with them, have team dinners,” Djokovic said.
“It’s strange in a way, but in a positive and exciting way, because we all share the tour, because we share the stage for many years and as individual athletes we have our own team. We want to beat each other on the court.
But these four, five days we are together and we support each other, and in love. I think I will remember playing with Roger on the field and supporting all my teammates in the three days of Team Europe.
Djokovic held off arch-rival Roger Federer forehand during practice on Thursday.
“I didn’t realize the preview but I was too late,” Djokovic said with a smile.
“Roger was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was funny. You could hear the crowd laughing, he was a bit worried about Roger’s back, but once he showed it was all right we all had a good laugh.”
“So I hope I don’t beat my partners on two courts anymore.
“It feels like you’re playing four matches a day, because even when you’re not playing, you’re supporting your teammates and living every point you play with them,” Djokovic said.
“So you feel very engaged.”