Novak Djokovic has been one of the most dominant players in tennis over the past two decades. His flexibility and agility are one of the main reasons for his success in the sport. The 21-time Grand Slam champion’s style of play suits almost all three surfaces. He won several trophies in all Grand Slam tournaments. However, his dominance on hard and grass is much more evident than on clay.

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To have the chance to see him fight on these two surfaces is very rare. However, there was one match in which the Serb struggled to impose his dominance. It took place in 2013 in the grass courts of London.

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Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon shoe controversy

Djokovic, in the semi-finals of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, against Juan Martin del Potro was slipping and slipping and hitting the turf more frequently than before. At first, many thought Del Potro’s excellent shot was the reason. However, later it was revealed that Djokovic was asked to change shoes after his quarter-final wine.

The former world No.1’s Adidas boots reportedly had buttons on the sides of his toe, which would have given him more traction when sliding. Therefore, by following the rules of the Grand Slam handbook which state that turf tennis shoes “with buttons or studs around the outside of the toes are not permitted,” the All England Club asked him to make the necessary changes.

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Although Djokovic, in the press conference after his victory, denied the correlation between his slip and the shoe change. He said, “My boots are fine. When you defend, especially at the back of the pitch, it’s a bit more slippery because there’s a bit more grass.

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Djokovic’s vaccination position and its consequences

The nine-time Australian Open champion has missed almost the entire hard-court season due to his stance of not receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. At first, he was embroiled in a legal battle with the Australian government and faced a three-year ban. Subsequently, the US government, following in Australia’s footsteps, barred him from participating in Flushing Meadows.

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However, things seem to have taken a positive turn for Djokovic. As Australia’s newly elected government thinks it will only be a waste to keep him out of the upcoming tournament. Talks have been launched and recently the nation allowed Michael Andrew, an unvaccinated swimmer, to compete in an event.

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