Tennis great Boris Becker has called for Novak Djokovic to finally receive the respect he deserves after watching the 20-time grand slam champ breakdown mid-match in the US Open final.
From the start Djokovic couldn’t find the answer even if the crowd rallied behind the Serb’s quest for tennis immortality as he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.
However, fans watched around the world as the weight of expectations came crashing down on Djokovic as arguably the greatest ever play broke down in tears.
Now, Djokovic’s former coach and tennis great Becker has jumped to the defence of the World No.1.
Becker said he had never seen the pictures that unfolded in the US Open final as Djokovic covered his face with a towel and broke down.
Becker called for the Serb to receive similar adoration that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal receive from crowds after showing how much it all means to him.
“It was an incredible situation, a crazy moment in time,” Becker said, to Eurosport, of Djokovic’s emotions on the court.
“I know Novak privately and professionally, and I can only say that he is a fine guy. A competitor who sometimes misbehaves on the court, but who doesn’t?
“The public, including the media, really have to get used to the fact that there are not just two, but three [legends], who have great qualities as players and as individuals.
“It is not acceptable that Novak is always the bad guy and roger and raga are always the good guys. That is unfair.
“I hope that these two weeks in New York, the final, the following speech and the reaction of the New York audience will ensure that he is finally seen in a different light.”
Becker questions Novak Djokovic’s schedule
Becker said in retrospect, Djokovic may have thought twice about travelling to the Tokyo Olympics ahead of his US Open stint where he was going for a calendar grand slam.
The German admitted the rigours of the Olympic village and the added pressure may have counted against him in the long haul.
However, right after the final, Becker added he had never seen Djokovic so ‘clueless’ on the court against a marvellous Medvedev.
“He didn’t want to become one of the best – he wanted to become the best, and he would have underlined that with a victory here today,” he added on Eurosport.
“I have never seen Novak so clueless.”
But despite the straight-sets loss, Djokovic says he was just happy his chase for grand slam perfection in 2021 was finally over.
When asked in his post-match press conference to describe his emotions, the 34-year-old said: “Relief.”
“I was glad it was over because the build up for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot.”
Venus Williams gifts her mother house worth $310,000
Venus is cutting ties with Jupiter — TMZ has learned tennis star Venus Williams is giving away her fancy Jupiter, Florida home FOR FREE … to her mother.
According to official records, Venus deeded her mother, Oracene the 2,804 sq. ft. house in September. The only money exchanged — $10. Clearly, the house is a gift, and the nominal fee just keeps it legal.
Venus originally purchased the 4-bedroom, 3-bath home for $310,000 back in 2000 … which has to be the greatest year of her career: she won the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and an Olympic gold medal.
Total prize money for Wimbledon and the Open that year was more than $1.5 million … so the house purchase would have been a breeze for Venus.
‘I think Roger Federer certainly transformed tennis’, says former star
Novak Djokovic’s recent triumph at Roland Garros helped fuel the debate over the best ever again. The number 1 in the world, who reassembled Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last act, has therefore put his 19th Grand Slam title on the bulletin board, reaching only one length behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
As the youngest of the Big 3s, the 34-year-old from Belgrade has a great chance to end his career with the most majors. The Serbian veteran has made no secret that he would like to host the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ this year, as he will be the main favorite at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
His ride to the sixth seal at the Championships started well, despite having conceded a set to local favorite Jack Draper in the opening round. With Nadal in the pits to recharge his batteries and Federer close to saying goodbye, one wonders who can stop his domination.
In the course of an interview with the Herald, former Australian champion Pat Cash expressed his opinion on the issue of the greatest ever.
Pat Cash on the GOAT debate
“Head-to-heads are significant. If you want to throw in who the greatest player of all time is, you have to have a winning head to head record against your other peers,” Pat Cash said.
“Overall, (as) a player who can do everything, Roger Federer has to be up there. Rafael Nadal, of course, was a very good volleyer and was able to use that,” Cash said. “Not in the later years because his tactics were never going to trouble Federer.
But Novak Djokovic’s returning, serving and ground strokes on slower grass courts that we have these days, to me, it feels like a bit of a pity that the courts have slowed down so much. Or the balls have slowed down, I should say.”
Cash then proceeded to lavish praise on 20-time Major winner Roger Federer, crediting the Swiss for transforming the sport through his versatile style of play. “I think he certainly transformed tennis. He brought it to another level in the modern era.
He showed players could play at the back of the court and be equally as good at the net and around the net,” Cash said. “His movement was phenomenal and I think he certainly brought an element of style and flashiness and the shots he could produce – it’s the best of what we seen from the Bjorg and Connors at the baseline and McEnroe, Edberg, Sampras, those types of volleys.”
“Very Nervous”: Emma Raducanu Reveals Excitement Playing With Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been in the limelight ever since her inspiring three-week run in New York that ended with a dominant victory over Leylah Fernandez in the finals.
Right from former players to coaches, everyone has been praising the youngster for not succumbing to the occasion and remained focused on her game in the championship match. Now, all eyes are on Raducanu’s next tournament.
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With Indian Wells likely to be the option, the current world no.22 will have to play the qualifiers in order to make it to the main draw. The reason being, Indian Wells calculates the ranking points acquired before the US Open.
Emma Raducanu plays tennis alongside the Duchess of Cambridge
However, the tournament organizers are most likely to give a wild-card for the Brit. While Raducanu remained tight-lipped on the next event she wants to play, the youngster was asked to participate in an event hosted by the LTA Youth Program.
The program took place at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, Raducanu had the privilege of meeting the Duchess of Cambridge for the first time. Not just that, the rising star got to play doubles alongside the Duchess.
“Perfect day for some tennis & what an honour, loved being part of the #LTAyouth fun”, Raducanu tweeted post the event.
Raducanu also mentioned that she felt more nerves playing alongside Kate Middleton than being at the US Open final.
“I was actually very nervous playing the duchess — I was like, ‘Don’t miss, don’t miss.’”, Raducanu said.
Kate Middleton has been playing tennis with US open Champion Emma Raducanu at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.https://t.co/0jcMC1yir9 pic.twitter.com/yUh1npqu49
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 24, 2021
It’s a known fact that the Duchess of Cambridge has been a huge tennis fan and continues to be one. Every year at Wimbledon, she hands out the trophies during the ceremony as she is a patron of the Lawn Tennis Association(LTA).
Kate’s love for tennis goes way back to her school when she was a sportswoman. After Raducanu’s impressive win at the US Open, the Duchess tweeted saying that the whole nation was proud of the teenager’s achievement.
Coming to Raducanu, she announced today about her split with current coach, Andrew Richardson. With a huge leap in the ranking points, the Brit found the need to have the guidance of someone who has coaching experience on the WTA tour.