World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admits he is proud to be one of the most popular tennis players in the world and to be in a position to be a big voice of his sport. Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is considered by some as the greatest tennis player of all time and his views and opinion gain lots of attention.
“When you’re a well known individual and have a personality profile that has earned a certain status in society… I am grateful to be part of a sport that is global and popular all over. In some studies presented to us by the ATP, tennis is ranked third in the world by popularity, which we share with cricket.
Only football and basketball are ahead, and basketball is not so far away," Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors.
Djokovic wants to use his position right
Djokovic insists he is someone who "holds fast to principles, life values and human rights" and he always has pure intentions with whatever he is doing.
Unfortunately for Djokovic, he often receives criticism and he believes he is held to a double-standard in the media. "I am successful in a global sport and I receive plenty of attention," Djokovic acknowledged.
"That attention can have many positive aspects and benefits in both the professional and private life, but can also create an additional burden. You have an influence on the youth, who look to you as a role model and wish to become like you one day.
Additionally, it’s expected of you to offer your thoughts on topics that are beyond your own profession. I typically make an effort to keep a distance, although when I feel the urge to share my thoughts, I do so. I am someone who holds fast to principles, life values, human rights… That is something that has been abused in the past." Djokovic returned to action this week at the Paris Masters, where he beat Marton Fucsovics in his opener.