Novak Djokovic: ‘The life is definitely changing for…’

Sydney Kings owner Paul Smith defended Nick Kyrgios from the criticism he received after the Starlight Celebrity Game, saying the Australian tennis star was absolutely brilliant. Last weekend a charity basketball game was held in Sydney and Kyrgios – known for his humanitarian work and always willing to support a charity – participated in the meeting. After the match, NBL great Steve Carfino called Kyrgios an “asshole” and accused him of showing disrespect. “What is Steve thinking about?” Smith told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Nick was terrific. He wasn’t over the top at all. He didn’t dunk anybody. He didn’t go overboard. None of that happened. He was impeccable. The point of the game was to raise money for the Starlight Foundation and Nick was essential for it. We want him to come back next year. It was a very bad take on Steve’s part. Nobody has said anything to me in that sense.” Carfino was apparently unhappy after Kyrgios tried to block Miss Universe Australia 2020 Maria Thattil. “What a jerk. My God,” Carfino said on Fox Sports’ The Back Page. “And what a lack of sportsmanship. He’s blocking the girls’ shots, he’s not passing his teammates.” Novak Djokovic spent one of the most productive phases of his career under Boris Becker.

Djokovic is having a tough year on many fronts

Novak Djokovic is “heartbroken” for his former coach Boris Becker, who has been jailed for hiding assets and loans worth £2.5 million to avoid paying off his debts. “Just heartbroken, I mean, for him. He’s a friend, long-time friend, a coach for three, four years, someone I consider close in my life and has contributed a lot to my success in my career,” the Serb said. The World No. 1 said he hoped Becker would be able to get through this ordeal, but added that the German’s life is “definitely changing.” “I mean, I just hope he will go through this period that he has to be in jail and that when he comes out he’s, you know, being able to live his life as, I don’t know if we’ll use the word “normal,” because the life is definitely changing, I mean, for anybody going to prison, especially for that long of a time,” he said. Novak Djokovic is having a tough year on many fronts. He had a forgettable time in Australia after a controversy erupted surrounding him regarding his visa cancelation. On the back of his defeat in Dubai, Djokovic briefly lost his Number 1 ranking to Daniil Medvedev.