Novak Djokovic's father gives shocking explanation for why media dislikes his son
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Srdjan Djokovic feels Novak Djokovic is not beloved in tennis because some have an issue with a Serb being the best in the game. Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, has never enjoyed the same level of love and popularity among fans as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have.
Why is that the case, his father thinks some simply can't stand the fact that someone from a small and poor country is dominating tennis, that throughout history has been known as the sport for rich people. "Novak isn't giving any reasons not to be loved.
Why is that happening? I don't know. Probably because it's a bourgeoisie sport, because it was created by the Englishmen for their high class. Then some Serb shows up from a small, poor country, and he is the best in their sport for the past 15 years - now it's our sport too.
They have to accept that the center of the tennis world has shifted to Eastern Europe, to the East of the world. They will have to accept that, whether they like it or not," Srdjan Djokovic said during his appearance on the Biznis Price podcast.
Djokovic has the support of his parents
From Day 1, Djokovic has had enormous support from his parents, Srdjan on Dijana. Last week at the Tel Aviv Open, Djokovic was asked who would cry on the day he retires. Djokovic named his mother.
"My mother for sure," Novak told Sports Walla. Fortunately for all Djokovic fans, the 35-year-old Serb has hinted that he is not even close to retiring. Djokovic is doing extremely well health-wise and he is still one of the best-prepared athletes in the game.
"I'm not close to retirement, I don't want to think too much about it. Roger had a beautiful send-off at Laver Cup in London. We were all there, with his family, to say goodbye to him at a magnificent event in a magnificent arena.
It must have been special for him and there is no doubt that he deserved it. One thing I know is that I will definitely want my great rivals to come and say goodbye to me," Djokovic added. This week, Djokovic is competing at the Astana Open.
On Wednesday, Djokovic saw off Cristian Garin 6-1 6-1 to set up a round-of-16 meeting versus Botic van de Zandschulp.