One of Novak Djokovic’s close friends is seriously worried his 2020 US Open snafu is just the tip of the iceberg.
Retired tennis tennis star Daniela Hantuchova did not get any punches while talking about her longtime friend broadcasting the Amazon UK event and citing a bigger anger management issue that needs to be addressed by Djokovic.
“It feels like sometimes anger comes out of control,” he said of the current world No. 1.
Hantuchova, 37, is close to Novak and his wife Jelena, as well as Djokovic coach Marian Vajda, who is also a Slovakian. His comments stemmed from the controversial disqualification of the 17-time grand slam champion from the US Open this weekend for relentlessly hitting a judge in the throat after breaking his service against Spain Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round.
“I appreciate him and respect everything he does for our game,” he said, “but I just hope there is a lesson to be learned, even if this one comes at the worst possible time, where it almost matters standing between him and an 18th grand slam title is himself, with all my respect to other players. “
Djokovic, 33, has an enthusiastic fanbase known as “Nolefam,” which is dwarfed by his peers like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He received criticism for questionable opinions about vaccines and his bifurcation from the ATP Player ‘Council. Recently, he was set on fire for holding a charity tour of Adria in June amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision that many in the tennis community felt was reckless, especially in light of limited evacuation measures. of society. Djokovic was spotted partying in a Serbian nightclub on a who-who of European tennis the day before the event was shut down after several players – including Djokovic – contracted a coronavirus.
“A lot of times he has the right intention, just in time he doesn’t do it right, like Adria Tour,” Hantuchova said. “There is no problem running an exhibition like this, not just when the whole world stops. It’s the same with ATP things. Sure things need to change, but not now.”
After the drama on Monday, Jelena posted a cryptic message on social media, from “The Wisdom of Tao.”
“If you allow yourself to be blown away and back and forth, you lose touch with your nerve. If you allow anxiety to move, you will lose touch with who you are,” he wrote on Twitter.
Djokovic rushed to the Flushing Meadows yard without speaking to the media.
“Unfortunately he brings up the error. He has to face it, apologize and admit he made a mistake,” said retired British tennis player Tim Henman in the conquest of the Amazon. “By, in essence, running away, it will last. “
Djokovic apologized immediately to the judge’s line, but was later heard criticizing his reaction and the Serb star later released a mea culpa on Instagram, even though the damage to his muted image was done.
“This whole situation left me sad and empty. I checked the person’s lines and the contest told me thank God he was OK,” he wrote. “I apologize for that. of such stress. So unintentional. Wrong wrong.… Regarding disqualification, I have to go back inside and do my failure and make a lesson of everything for my growth and evolution as a player and person. I apologize to @usopen contests and everything related to my behavior. “