(CNN)Novak Djokovic would typically be one of the favorites for any grand slam tournament, particularly after coming off lifting one of the four big trophies on the calendar.
The Serbian won his 21st grand slam title on Sunday, beating Nick Kyrgios in the final to win yet another Wimbledon trophy, the seventh time he's done so and his fourth at SW19 in a row.
In a strange quirk, Djokovic will actually move down from world No. 3 to No. 7 despite winning Wimbledon because ranking points have been removed following the decision from the tournament's organizers to ban Russians and Belarusians from playing in this year's event.
However, as it stands, Djokovic's immediate future remains unclear. As a result of his anti-Covid-19 vaccination stance, his current participation in upcoming grand slams in the US and in Australia has been thrown into question.
So what does the future hold for the reigning Wimbledon champion?
'I just needed time to weather the storm'
Djokovic has endured a rocky couple of months off the court and that seeped into his play on it.
In January, Djokovic was eventually deported from Australia following a prolonged saga, including time in detention, preventing his participation in the Australian Open due to his refusal to get vaccinated for Covid-19.
Under Australian law, Djokovic could be banned from the country for three years due to the circumstances surrounding his deportation, though Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews didn't rule out an exemption. "Any application will be reviewed on its merits," she said in January.
Although he has returned to action slowly but surely, the former world No. 1 said that he had to "weather a storm" during that time.
"The first months of this year affected me," he said after his Wimbledon victory. "Mentally and emotionally, I was not in a good place. I felt so much pressure.
"That caused turbulence inside of me. I just needed time to weather the storm. At one point, I realized it's just going to take time, and that's it, time for me to regroup, to get into optimal balanced state on the court, off the court."
Goran Ivanisevic, Djokovic's coach and 2001 Wimbledon winner, praised the 21-time grand slam winner's ability to return from a "tough year."
"This was a huge thing what happened to him. We all expected from him after couple of weeks, 'Okay, forget about Australia, let's go back and practice. It's not happening like this,'" Ivanisevic said.
"It took a long time, Monte-Carlo, Belgrade, then he started to play better, Madrid, Rome. Even he played well in Paris, but Rafa (Nadal) was better player that night.
"For some people, they don't recover. They will never play tennis. This was a big shock. Was shock for me, and I was there. I was free. Imagine for him.
"Unbelievable how he recover and how he got through that. It's really for me heroic because it was not easy to digest all the thing and come back to play tennis. Then you're thinking: 'Why (do) you have to play tennis?'"