The columnist of the British “Times”, Matthew Sayed, defended Novak Djokovic.
Many can’t wait for any statement from the world’s first tennis player to attack him and start making negative comments about our ace.
One former and one current tennis player from Australia – Sam Grot and Nick Kirjos, came into the public spotlight due to insults against Djokovic.
The former table tennis player has been writing for this paper for more than 20 years, with an emphasis on tennis. He referred to the unreasonable attacks on Novak. He especially emphasized the part where Kirjos calls the best in the world a fool.
Really great column. Read what Sayed had to say to everyone who attacks Nole.
– Novak Djokovic has a great advantage over many of his rivals at the Australian Open this year. He trains every day, gains the benefit of physical exercises, keeping his body and mind in top shape. Twenty percent of the rest of the players, on the other hand, are in strict isolation, they are not allowed to leave the hotel rooms, run or go out to the training grounds. Some experts said that this isolation jeopardizes the competitive integrity of the event itself.
Those who were locked up had the misfortune of being on charter flights where one of his passengers or crew members was positive for the corona virus. Understandably, the Australian public health authorities insisted that they must be isolated. Tournament organizers said they would change the schedule to give these players who are isolated more room to prepare, but they will undoubtedly face a big deficit as soon as they come out of quarantine.
Novak Djokovic wanted to correct that, he asked the Australian authorities if it was possible to ease the bans for this group, without the risk of the virus spreading. After consulting with scientists, Novak suggested that these players be in private houses with tennis courts. It seems to me that he had the right to make such requests, just as the Australian government had the right to reject them.
The reaction was intense. Sam Grot, a former Australian tennis player, described Djokovic as selfish. Nick Kirjos, a bastion of rationality, described Djokovic as a fool. I think this is more than unfair. Novak did not make these requests for himself and in his own name, but in the name of the player whose leader he is as the leader of the PTPA (Association of Professional Tennis Players). There will be no benefit from easing these restrictions. Ultimately, if the restrictions are lighter, his opponents will be willing to prepare better and reduce his chances of winning the tournament this year.
What seems certain is that the noise against Novak once again shows that in unwanted situations, one person can turn into a lightning rod for discouragement. Tennis fans are angry with him because of the unfair conditions established by the organizers. Melbourne residents are angry because he issued recommendations for better conditions for professional players. And then we have hundreds and thousands of Australians, who don’t want him and the players to be in that place.
Novak is perhaps far from perfect. I agree with those who criticized him for the ridiculous event he organized last year when many players were infected with the corona virus. Also, his views on vaccines, and because he did not wear a mask. But, also, no one reminds that he was expelled from the US Open because he hit the line judge with the ball, even though he did it unintentionally.
But many comments about this specific request are hysterical. Novak also caused anger because of his role as the president of the players’ union, when he demanded a larger distribution of money for tennis players from big events. Currently, players in the NBA receive 50 percent of the money from the competition, and it is also the same with the players in the Premier League. On the other hand, at Grand Slams, tennis players receive only 14 to 16 percent of the total income, which is less than in any other sport.
Novak is fighting for his side. It was said that he was greedy, that he was a “narcissist”, because how is it possible that such a rich man is looking for ways to fill his pockets even more. But when you investigate better, you will realize that the key things in Novak’s demands are not to get rich (he will probably retire until such changes are introduced), but to provide more money for Challengers and other events played by tennis players outside the 150 on the ATP list. . A reasonable request was lost due to synthetic disapproval.
A column by Sam Grotto criticizing Novak has been quoted around the world. Many demanded that Djokovic’s request be linked to an unrelated story about Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend, who said she did not like isolation because there was no one to wash her hair. Others, more or less, even insinuated that the rookie was anti-Australian.
Maybe we should end up with Nick Kirjos, whose tweet has been liked more than 20,000 times. This is a player who embarrassed the sport in the series, but who never showed the maturity to apologize. We have reached the peak of irony when Nick Kirjos tells someone that he is a fool – finished the text by Matthew Syed, a Times columnist since 1999 for tennis and a former professional table tennis player, who is also the author of several books.
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