“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.
Leylah Fernandez: Fans chanting my name at Indian Wells Masters felt surreal
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez admitted that hearing fans chant her name at the Indian Wells Masters felt “surreal.” On Friday, Fernandez played her first match since her outstanding US Open campaign and fans in the stands chanted her name.
Fernandez, who is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 28 in the world, saw off Alize Cornet 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells third round. “It’s surreal. You dream of that happening, but you don’t expect that to happen …
I got goosebumps. Like, even now, my Heart suit is beating so fast … I was so happy,” Fernandez said, per Mark Masters. Fernandez was asked on what did she work after the US Open. “Everything (laughs) … We always try to look for that extra inch, extra millimetre to be better …
We worked on everything,” Fernandez claimed.
Fernandez was thrilled to meet Maria Sharapova
“I was lucky enough to to meet Maria Sharapova at the Met (Gala). We kind of chatted a little bit and she gave me some pretty good advice.
She told me her own experience and the way that she was able to bounce back,” Fernandez revealed. Meanwhile, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek shared advice for Fernandez and US Open champion Emma Raducanu. “Well I would say balancing all the things you have to do on-court and all the things that [you’ve] been doing for the past years with all that new stuff,” Swiatek explained.
“Because it can overwhelm [you] at the beginning. It was good for me that Roland Garros was the last tournament of the season. I know that [Fernandez and Raducanu] probably have one or two more. “Then they’re going to have a break and they’re going to have time to reflect on [their success].
“Also having the people around you who won’t be pushing you to do more because of public relations or publicity. Just you know maybe staying calm a little bit and waiting for how you will react to all of that.”
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Martina Hingis Used Me! Says Ex Husband to Le Journal du Dimanche
Martina Hingis is happily back to tennis life. After leaving the circuit, she got back to living it. Just in doubles though, and some random single’s appearances in Fed Cup, just to show that despite the years and rust, she still is one of the greatest talents ever witnessed in women’s tennis.
As great as she is on court, Martina over the years has draw attention on her personal life far more than she ought to, with troubled relationships. Now, her former marriage is back on the news, with Martina’s ex husband Thibault Hutin taking on French Le Journal du Dimanche, to reveal that first of all the couple is legally still bonded and secondly that Swiss champion has used him over the years they have been together.
Hingis and Hutin got married in 2010, and while according to the media the Swiss is divorced, legally it appears the couple is yet to tear apart. In 2013 Thibault sued Martina for harassment. Their divorce is yet to be made official, and that hurts Hutin, as reported by JDC.
“My life is trash. I mistakenly left riding to preserve our marriage. I left my passion, there is nothing left. Without my family, I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent” confessed Thibault. When the couple met, Martina had just gotten back from a two-year suspension for cocaine abuse, thus she was quite fragile and not well seen by the media.
“Martina asked me to do interviews with her. Someone told me about her problems briefly, I didn’t know anything about it. Back than things were still tense. She wasn’t allowed to go to tournaments. She needed to rebuild an image.
The marriage with a good Frenchman was perfect at that time. She used me. Thinking about it now it seems obvious”. After more trouble, that including a surprising visit from Hutin to Hingis in New York that didn’t go well, the two separated in 2013.