Ivan Lendl is back to discuss the debate about who is the greatest tennis player of all time (GOAT), which has centered on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. The tennis player from the Czech Republic, who at the end of the 1980s dominated the ATP Tour with 8 Slam victories and 270 weeks at the top of the rankings, claimed that it is difficult to identify the GOAT of all time now, in part because of political decisions on vaccinations.
Former Andy Murray coach admitted in statements that the outcome of the vaccine case involving Novak Djokovic might be significantly impacted. He declared: “Political decisions about vaccines have some bearing on the competition for the Goat title.”
Ivan Lendl: “Vaccination decisions have an impact on the GOAT issue.”
Lendl, a citizen of the USA since 1992, so appears to have sided with the Serbian in the controversy over who is the greatest tennis player in history.
Pete Sampras and Roger Federer? not even mentioned Despite having written chapters of tennis history, Roger. Because of his outstanding performances in 2022, Rafael Nadal currently holds the record for most Grand Slam titles won by a tennis player with 22 victories against Nole‘s 21 and Roger Federer‘s 20, who has been injured for more than a year.
Djokovic, who has won 38 Masters 1000 tournaments to Nadal‘s 36, also owns the record for the most weeks spent atop the ATP rankings, with the Swiss coming in second and Rafa well behind. If the Spaniard, as opposed to the Belgrade native, can also boast Olympic singles gold, the ATP Finals are still absent, while Djokovic can claim five and Federer has six.
The former 1980s celebrity went on to say: “We will know the answer if, at the conclusion of his career, Novak Djokovic had won more Grand Slam championships despite the issue with immunizations. However, if Rafa Nadal wins another championship, it will be necessary to address the issue of the vaccine and its effect on Nole‘s career.”