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Djokovic to Get an Automatic Bye into Wimbledon Final
He is inevitable.
By Rebecca Crowe
WIMBLEDON PARK - Following a 10-year unbeaten streak on Centre Court, the All England Lawn Tennis Club has taken the decision to automatically send seven-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic straight to the tournament final.
When asked about this extreme decision, AELTC chairman Ian Hewitt said "Why waste everyone's time? He's going to be there anyway."
The 23-time Grand Slam winner will be looking for his fifth straight victory at SW19, and with long-time rival Rafael Nadal and the young Aussie upstart Nick Kyrigos both being out with injuries, there seems to be little standing in the Serbian’s way.
So, what does that mean for the other 127 players in this year’s Wimbledon draw?
“Much like Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, Djokovic is inevitable,” Hewitt added. “The remaining male competitors will continue in the same way as they always have, with one person in each round randomly receiving a bye. The rest will be blipped into dust accordingly.”
Tennis fans around the world are up in arms about the sudden announcement, including those who love the controversial Serbian and those who aren’t his biggest fans.
Many have taken to voice their frustrations on Twitter.
“It’s not fair, I spent all my savings on day one Centre Court tickets and Novak’s not even going to be there!” - @Djokofan182
“The AELTC are just handing him slam number 24 on a silver platter. It’s a D-joke.” - @Nadallover44
“I forgot Wimbledon was even on.” - @TotalSportsGuy
Despite the by, some coaches and commentators are hesitant to just hand the trophy over to Djokovic.
“Traditionally, players need a couple of matches to really hit their stride on grass,” says Patricia Pimms, a tennis pundit, and journalist. “By only playing one match on grass all season, the AELTC might be setting Novak Djokovic up for a fall.”
The last time anyone beat Djokovic on Centre Court was 10 years ago - Sir Alex Ferguson had only just retired from being the manager of Manchester United, Prince George hadn’t been born yet, and Joe Biden was still able to remember where he was at.
Fans will now have to patiently wait while 63 different men's matches play out to find out who is in the unenviable position to take on the Djoker and try and prevent his fifth Wimbledon title in a row.
Will anybody be able to beat the Thanos of the Tennis?
Probably not. Pass the Pimms.
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