‘Novak Djokovic could enjoy more love and popularity once…’, says legend

Taking into account the title he won last year in Paris and the loss against Nadal in the quarterfinals, Novak Djokovic will lose the top position in the ATP rankings in June. It is impossible not to mention what happened to the Serb in 2022. First of all, Djokovic was unable to defend the 2000 points he earned in Australia last season due to the cancellation of his visa by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. The Serbian will also not be able to confirm in the ranking the success he achieved on the pitch of the All England Club against Matteo Berrettini. In fact, the ATP has chosen to sanction the Wimbledon tournament, which will not award points, due to the exclusion of Russian and Belarusian tennis players. Therefore, regardless of the result he obtains in London, Djokovic will see his spoils diminished. At the top of the ranking will compete Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev. Only the German will be able to directly influence his future.

McEnroe talks about Nole Djokovic

Speaking to SportKlub, John McEnroe voiced his displeasure at the crowd’s hostility towards World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. “No other player had to face great difficulties. It’s not fair, hey, I have to say,” McEnroe said. “This guy has found a way out of difficult situations more than any other player in the history of tennis. And if you think he doesn’t mind, you’re crazy. He’s so mentally strong that he can handle it and somehow direct his anger and frustration at what he sees as a lack of respect, and I feel that too,” he added. The seven-time Major champion also called the Serb a “remarkable player and person.” “He does it better than anyone I’ve ever seen,” McEnroe said. “I didn’t do it as well. I felt like it affected me more than it helped me. I think there were times where it fuelled me, but he has done it consistently. He’s a remarkable player and person. He deserves to be – and he is – respected. It’s just that I’m sure it’s frustrating,” said McEnroe. “I think at the end of the day they will like him more after he stopped playing which sort of ended up being the case with myself, I guess.” After reaching all 4 Grand Slam finals in 2021, the Serbian has struggled massively this season. He equaled Federer’s tally of 20 Slams with a victory at Wimbledon last year. However, this season his only title came in Rome after a dominant performance throughout the week.