The 21-time Grand Slam winner has missed two of this year’s four majors because of his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Although Djokovic managed to extend his record at Wimbledon, he lost joint control of the Open era title at most men’s singles tournaments to Rafael Nadal after the latter won the Australian Open and then the French Open.
Meanwhile, Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam and became the new world number one after winning at Flushing Meadows earlier this month.
Djokovic was banned from the US on vaccination grounds, but speaking ahead of the Laver Cup this week, the Serb says he has no regrets about his choice.
“No, I don’t regret anything,” he said. “I mean, I’m sorry I couldn’t play, but it was a decision I made and I knew the consequences. I accepted them and that’s it.’
Djokovic was quick to congratulate the young Alcaraz, congratulating the Spaniard on his victory and adding: “He did it in an unbelievable way. He is 19 years old and already number one in the world.
“I think he’s a great addition to our sport, a big star in the making. We cannot speak of him as the future, because he is now.’
2022 for Djokovic got off to an inauspicious start when, after being exempted from competing in Australia despite the country’s strict COVID-19 protocols, he was subsequently deported.
Questions remain about whether he will be allowed to return to the country, but the Serb is hoping for a reprieve.
“Waiting for news,” he said. “It’s really out of my hands right now. So I’m hoping to get some positive news soon.”