Boris Becker believes the screws will start to turn on anti-vaxx Novak Djokovic even if the No. 1 is allowed to compete in the Australian Open from next week.
Becker, a former coach of the Serb, cannot see a path for his former pupil to remain unvaxxed in the current climate; An estimated 97 of the ATP Top 100 have all been jabbed – save Djokovic, Tennys Sandgren and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (the last two are not present in Melbourne).
“Regulations are becoming stricter,” Becker told a Eurosport podcast. “My opinion now would be for him to play the Australian Open as soon as possible, but Novak must realise that it will be easier for him if he gets vaccinated.
“Whether or not it will, I don’t know.”
The six-time Grand Slam winner added: “This leads me to think: ‘What will happen in the future?’
“Will you want to go through this drama at every Grand Slam? The organisers of Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open are sure to be on the case.
“This (Djoko’s previous immigration confinement in Melbourne for four nights) is possibly the worst preparation I have ever seen for a Grand Slam.
“Not only has Novak not trained in six days (until this week), but he has not eaten what he was supposed to eat.
“On a mental level, he must have been thinking about whether he was going to be able to stay or not, and that’s the worst preparation.
“If that has affected him a lot, he will not go beyond the first week, if he goes to the fourth round, he is the favourite to win the tournament.”