‘Novak Djokovic often stands up for other players’, says ATP legend

The resignation was a more than credible hypothesis and on the night of Wednesday, September 29, the official confirmation came from the same athlete, through his Twitter profile. Novak Djokovic will not participate in the next edition of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, and decided to postpone his return to a tennis court even further. Efforts remedied at the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season, are still felt in the body of the Serbian, who has vanished the main objective of winning the four most important ATP titles for the second time in his career and reaching in history the incredible record achieved only by Australian legend Rod Laver. For this reason, the choice of the 34-year-old Balkan was to fully regain his energy and not go back to the United States to play the first part of October at the Bnp Paribas Open. The number one in the world so far can be super satisfied with the performances he offers in 2021, with the conquest of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, although he did not complete the picture at the Tokyo Olympics and then in New York. “Nole” said that he regretted on social media not being able to participate in the Californian competition, writing on his account. “I’m sorry I can’t see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favorite place,” he said.

Becker opens up on Novak Djokovic

Boris Becker recently spoke at length about his former ward Novak Djokovic, pointing out how the Serb is often portrayed as the “bad guy”. Becker claimed Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have never been subject to such scrutiny, which makes the treatment meted out to Djokovic “unfair”. “I know Novak privately and professionally, and I can only say that he is a fine guy,” Becker said while speaking on Eurosport. “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.” The six-time Slam champion believes that people tend to turn a blind eye towards the “sympathetic” side of Djokovic, but he expressed hope for things to change in the future. “He (Novak Djokovic) publicly stood up for [Stefanos] Tsitsipas [in the toilet break row] after the semifinal against [Alexander] Zverev; he often stands up for other players,” Becker said. “That’s often swept under the rug and no one wants to perceive that in any way. There’s another side to him, and it’s very sympathetic. I hope for him and for his family that he’s finally treated a little more fairly than he has been until now.”