Chanda Rubin lashes out on Novak Djokovic after his late Indian Wells pull-out
Novak Djokovic and Chanda Rubin
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has had one of the most difficult seasons this year and it has very little to do with his on-court results. The entire episode in Australia where his decision to remain unvaccinated saw him get deported out of the country and banned from entering for the next 3 years. That also meant he had to give up his hattrick of Australian Open titles without any title defense.
He remained inactive during the first three weeks of February as well making his season debut at the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships where he lost in the quarter-finals having won his matches in the first two rounds.
Chanda Rubin criticizes Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic recently announced that he was withdrawing from the Indian Wells Masters because of the existing vaccine mandate in the USA. However, he announced his decision late, only after the draw had been made. Understandably, the 20-time Grand Slam champion copped a lot of criticism from fans and pundits alike for this move.
Speaking on the matter, former doubles Australian Open champion Chanda Rubin recently came out in criticism of Novak Djokovic for his last-minute withdrawal from the 2022 Indian Wells Masters. The American hoped that, for future tournaments at least, Djokovic would announce such decisions ahead of time and save himself from becoming a “negative story.”
Speaking on the Tennis Channel, Rubin remarked that it would be better if the 20-time Grand Slam champion could avoid such controversies in the coming days, especially for tournaments whose entry requirements are already known.
“I just hope that going forward, [Novak Djokovic’s last-minute withdrawal] isn’t the continuing story at the beginning of every tournament where we kind of already know the regulations and requirements that are already in place. him so far being unvaccinated, that has been the big issue. Hopefully, he can at least make the decisions that he needs to make without becoming a negative story at the start of these events,” said Rubin.