“I don’t know why people don’t love him like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal,” said Dijana, Novak Djokovic’s mother, in an interview with GQ, some time ago. She is looking for an explanation of the love that, in her opinion, her son was unable to find: the grandstands and crowds of the biggest tournaments.
“Honestly, I don’t know, because he’s good, he works hard, but people don’t like him like Federer or Nadal. Maybe it’s because he beat them and he became world no.1 and they couldn’t stand it,” she added.
Dijana talked about her son’s Wimbledon 2019 win against Federer: “It was the most difficult match of last year. In a court where everyone applauded Roger Federer, we were few to support Novak. But it annoyed me because Federer is a little arrogant,” said the mother of the Serbian champion, who cannot find an explanation for this: “I don’t know and I suffer for this,” she said, claiming that people respect the success and what Novak does, but in the duel between Djokovic and Federer, he feels that everyone supports the Swiss Maestro.
But that was not the first time: there have been several occasions when the parents of the 17-times Grand Slam winner issued this type of declaration in recent years, even against Rafael Nadal himself.
This year at the Australian Open, Djokovic’s father Srdjan revealed his annoyance after the final his son won against Dominic Thiem, when he was unable to hear crowd support for the 8th Australian Slam winner: “It’s incredible what happened in the Australian Open final.
The seven-time tournament champion plays on the centre court against an Austrian and the crowd applauds the Austrian. It’s disrespect,” he said, continuing his criticism: “I always thought it was a sport for the rich people, and seeing a Serbian player as number one seems to be annoying.
There is no doubt that my son is the best in history, statistics say it,” he added. In another meeting with the media, Srdjan highlighted that feeling of antipathy that he perceives towards his son in the greatest tennis events: “I feel it in Australia, in New York or London,” he explained, underlining the hostile attitude against the current number one in the world: “Something less in Paris.
There he won everyone’s heart when he started speaking French. I don’t know why they don’t love him as much as they do. He is very good, polite and he works a lot, but people don’t like him because he wins in the same age as Roger and Rafa.
When he was no. 3 everything was fine because they were no. 1, but when Nole was the best, they couldn’t stand it. I suffer too. If you put Federer in front of him, people will support Federer. But it gives more strength to beat him.”
. The words of Djokovic’s parents confirm their thoughts towards Roger Federer: “Maybe Federer is still the best tennis player in history, but as a person, he is the opposite. He attacked Novak at the Davis Cup in Geneva, since he knew he was his successor and tried to discredit him in any way.”
Srdjan Djokovic said some time ago about the Swiss Maestro: “Federer was jealous of Novak from the moment my son made his turn. He is jealous because my son is better than he and will surpass him.” Arriving last year: “I am sure that this year he will match Federer in the Grand Slams.
In the last ten years, Novak is by far the best tennis player in the world. He will surely play for another year, he will beat all the records he does not have yet. A year ago, Federer had 20 Slams and Novak 12, and now they are 20-16,” he said after 2019 Wimbledon final.
For now, neither Roger nor Novak have talked about the issue: two players who have also shared events like the Laver Cup. They do not have the same friendship relationship between Nadal and Federer, but surely there is respect and professionalism between the two.
Rivalry exists and, even more so in a competitive discipline like tennis, it is normal, but what should be noted is that this type of words and behavior only damages the player, one of the greatest in the history of tennis.
There is probably a lot more respect between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic than what the parents of the Serbian champion have said. Have we ever heard Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s parents express themselves in these ways towards their son’s rivals? Last personal consideration: I think Nole’s parents are wrong, because crowds love Novak Djokovic very much, as well as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, the greatest tennis players of this era, then in a head-to-head among them it is obvious that there may be preferences, but Nole is one of the most loved and admired tennis players of all time.
KATE, Duchess of Cambridge makes jaws drop after sharing a breathtaking picture from the Lake District
The Duchess of Cambridge spent an active day on land and water in the Lake District in the rugged northwest of England.
As part of her ongoing campaign to showcase the benefits of spending time in nature, Kate kicked off the day by going mountain biking with some air cadets.
The mother of three, 39, “passionately believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children and young people’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last over a lifetime by encouraging active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships,” according to the palace.
When she visited the area in June 2019 with Prince William, Kate told locals that her children love the area and walking in the fells. She also recalled how, when she was growing up, she loved to go boulder hopping in the countless streams that criss-cross the mountainsides.
Tuesday’s visit came as the RAF Air Cadets Windermere Adventure Training Centre was opened following a refit costing around $3 million (£2 million). Kate is the Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Cadets. Hundreds of cadets from around the U.K. will use the center during their visits to the spectacular Lake District “to build their confidence and leadership skills” as they work toward achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Kate’s office at Kensington Palace said.
After her morning with the air cadets, Kate was set to hear more about how the stunning lakeland area also provided healing from one of Europe’s darkest chapters: the aftermath of the Holocaust.
She joined a boat trip with two of the Windermere Children, a group of 300 Holocaust survivors who were brought to stay in the Lake District in 1945 to help them recuperate following the atrocities they experienced in concentration camps and the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe.
“She was absolutely delightful,” Ike Alterman, a 93-year-old survivor from Poland who was a prisoner at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Theresienstadt, told PEOPLE. “We laughed, she asked questions and she wanted to know the answers. We talked about her kids and my kids, and how we love the lakes. I have two girls and two grandchildren. I told her what happened to me during the war and when I arrived and how I progressed in business later.”
He added, “I didn’t know what to expect, but we spoke like a couple of friends. She was so down-to-Earth.”
Arek Hersh, 92, was also joined by the Duchess on the boat. A survivor of Auschwitz, he lost his parents and his brothers and sisters — in total 81 members of his family perished. He settled in Leeds, Yorkshire, and worked as a mechanic and, in later years, as a landlord for students in the city. He is featured in the 2020 film The Windermere Children and the documentary The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words.
“It was very nice. She was very interested,” he told PEOPLE. “It brought back happy memories of being on the lake.”
This group of children were called the ‘Windermere Children’. I wanted to be able to meet some of the survivors Ike & Arek in person to hear their stories; about how they went on to create their own companies, write a book & to this day, still sneak in the odd round of golf.(2/3) pic.twitter.com/XNTimAxZ8K
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 21, 2021
The Duchess’s office explained she wanted to meet some of those who came to the area at the time and hear how they had been helped to heal from their traumatic experiences by undertaking outdoor recreation, sport and art therapy at the Calgarth Estate nearby.
That poignant part of Kate’s visit to the Lake District very much fit in with both her and the other royals’ desire to engender religious tolerance and understanding, as well as to find imaginative ways to educate about past atrocities.
Last year, Kate highlighted some of the incredible stories of survival amid the Nazi occupation of much of Europe when she photographed Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren.
Tiger Woods Joins Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Others in NFT Craze: Partners With Tom Brady’s New Company
Over the last few months, we’ve all seen athletes release NFTs (nonfungible tokens) of their own. The buzz around those has increased with time, players as well as fans including in this digital collecting. This time, golf icon Tiger Woods is the latest addition to a list of celebrities to release a line of NFTs online.
According to recent reports, Woods taking part in this recent craze is via a company linked to NFL star Tom Brady. Let’s take a look at what exactly Woods has invested in.
THROWBACK : WATCH When Serena Williams Called Maria Sharapova B*TCH
Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova is one of the most heated rivalries in the women’s game. Their match-ups have always been the most compelling ones. The viewership of their battles has been sky-rocketing compared to other rivalries on the WTA Tour.
There is some kind of friction existing between the two of them and the Grand Slam champions have never really got along with each other. In Sharapova’s autobiography, Unstoppable its mentioned their relationship has some kind of ‘intense antagonism.’
Post her two consecutive defeats, Williams has been ruthless against Sharapova on all the surfaces. Sharapova must have stunned the world by defeating Williams at Wimbledon 2004 finals and WTA Championships, but she lost 20 consecutive matches against the American veteran tennis player.
The heated-rivalry of women’s track has witnessed some bitter moments. One of them took place on Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open 2007 finals. Serena was steamrolling over Maria in the first set with a 5-0 lead. Sharapova released her serve and later Williams charged onto the net.
The Russian wasn’t holding back, even she sprinted to the net, and in a blink of an eye, she smashed the ball on Serena Williams. A frustrated Serena moved back to the baseline for the next reception and simultaneously uttered the ‘B’ word.
Later, Williams thrashed the Russian ace 6-1, 6-2 and clinched her third Australian Open title.
“I will never lose to that little bitch again” – Serena Williams
According to Maria Sharapova’s autobiography, Unstoppable, Serena was super-annoyed after losing to the lanky Russian at Wimbledon 2004. The battle could be termed as Williams, the physical Goliath vs Sharapova, like David.
The American just couldn’t accept her Wimbledon final defeat to a 17-year-old skinny girl. Out of disappointment, Serena once used the ‘B’ word for Maria.
“Not long after the tournament, I heard that Serena told a friend — who then told me — ‘I will never lose to that little bitch again,’” Sharapova depicted in her book.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (Picture Courtesy: USTA)
The salty rivalry of the women’s game concluded at Flushing Meadows during US Open 2019. In their very-first round-one WTA match-up Serena Williams took 59 minutes to crush Sharapova 6-1, 6-1.