Novak Djokovic looks set to win the US Open, which is due to start on Monday, August 30, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, New York City.
If he does, it will be a historic event. He would become the first player to win the Calendar Grand Slam (all four in the same year) since Rod Laver, 52 years ago.
Djokovic Is Not Unbeatable
The 34-yar-old Serb has won all three grand slams so far in 2021. He won:
- The Australian Open – beating Daniil Medvedev
- The French Open – beating Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Wimbledon – beating Matteo Berrettini
But nothing is a foregone conclusion. As good as Djokovic is, he isn’t infallible. That was amply demonstrated at the Olympics in Japan, where he didn’t even medal. But it was the manner of his defeat that astonished so many. He was beaten by the 30-year-old Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, currently ranked 12th on the ATP tour.
Clips of Djokovic throwing his racket into the stands in disgust, just missing a few people in the almost empty stadium, and his lashing out at the Olympic rings printed on the net, went viral, astonishing tennis fans all around the world.
He followed that display by making another controversial decision to pull out of the mixed doubles bronze medal match with partner Nina Stojanovic, an act that denied his partner any chance of claiming a medal.
McEnroe has His Own Opinion
Is it possible that Djokovic’s temper could prevent him from claiming an amazing calendar grand slam at the US Open? Another notoriously bad-tempered tennis player in his time, a certain Mr. John McEnroe, thinks it could be something else that might derail the Serb’s chances – the heat.
Back in 2018, temperatures during the US open rose to 95°F, which, and with a 46% humidity, it made it feel like playing at 103°F.
While McEnroe feels that Djokovic deserves to be the bookies favorite to lift the crown and achieve the Calendar Grand Slam, especially without the presence of Roger Ferrer or Raphael Natal, he thinks that excessive heat, if it happens, could unsettle the Serb, and then – who knows?
Djokovic will Have His Work Cut Out For Him
Even though Nadal and Federer won’t be there, there is still plenty of other opposition from the potential stars of the next ATP tour – players like Matteo Berrettini, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev.
It would be nice to see a historic Djokovic victory which is likely if the Serb can control his temper, but if the heat does become a problem, who knows what it will spark off? We will just have to wait and see.