Novak Djokovic remains at the center of controversy. The Serbian tennis player continues training with the aim of being able to compete in the coming days at the Australian Open and waiting for the oceanic country make a final decision on it. In recent days, a series of strange events have occurred around the athlete that do nothing more than overshadow the legacy of the world’s number one. But the reality is that it has been controversial for a few months.
Without any doubt, Nole can boast of being one of the best players of all time. You only have to take a look at his plamarés to discover that what he has achieved at 34 years old has only been achieved by a handful of tennis players who count on one hand. But then why doesn’t Djokovic go through the fan’s eye? Very easy: tennis is the most elegant sport on the planet and the Serbian, not by far, embodies the values that are presupposed to him.
On court he is one of those insatiable players, who never gives up and with strokes of all colors that make him a real wall on the other side of the track. But he has a dark side that has always been criticized throughout his career: stop the rhythm of the matches. It is common to see him make bad gestures when things do not turn out well, but his ability to exaggerating discomfort or taking excessive breaks between sets in your favor.
When the rival is passing over him, he is not one of those players who tries to overcome his head and his game, but tries to de-center him with these tricks allowed -until now- by the regulations. Request the doctor’s entry or go longer than usual to the locker room They are tactics that are well known – and criticized – by his colleagues, with which he has managed to save more than one meeting that he had complicated and which he has turned around.
But in a matter of months, the controversies have multiplied... and in reality, it all started with the covid. During the stoppage due to the pandemic, Djokovic decided to use his channels to interview other athletes or relevant personalities and talk about everything with them, where the coronavirus had a special weight. On more than one occasion, was against vaccination, at that time still in the making, which earned him numerous criticisms of his public position.
Just a few weeks later he would be ‘hunted’ in Marbella training and bypassing the restrictions for, in June 2020, to return to be the focus of attention for the covid. Rode a charity tour called Adria Tour, in which he met hundreds of athletes and fans, all of them without masks or social distancing. Djokovic was infected, in addition to his wife, his physical trainer, his coach, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki -and his wife- and Goran Ivanisevic. Almost nothing.
In addition, in recent months, another of the great problems in which he has been involved is related to his frontal attack against the world of tennis, creating a new players association, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) leaving aside the ATP. But, how could it be otherwise, his two great sports ‘problems’ came when things were not going well on the track, showing his darker side … and both against the same player, Pablo Carreño.
Two new tone outs
The first took place in the eighth of US Open de 2020. The Spanish broke his serve and Nole, involuntarily but unfortunately, threw a ball that hit a linesman, which earned him disqualification. A year later, before Carreño himself, his gestures for losing the bronze, including a burst racket, portrayed him … but even more his subsequent withdrawal from the mixed doubles for his anger, leaving Nina Stojanovic unable to fight for the medal.
Now, the coronavirus has crossed his path again and controversies have resurfaced. No vaccination schedule, with a special leave after illness for the second time from covid, the situation has become strange. Despite the positive, he acknowledges that there are a couple of public events, for which he has apologized, stating having made “an error in judgment” and ensures that there was “a human error” when it came to lying in his entry questionnaire in Australia.
New setback for Djokovic
In addition to the mess of the PCR with double results, the situation has become complex for a Djokovic who still does not know if he will be able to compete in the first Grand Slam of the season and whose credibility has begun to be questioned. Without a doubt, sportingly he is one of the best tennis players of all time, but his attitude and his controversies always accompany him. A few months to forget in which Nole has entered the house of trouble.