World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has admitted that he gets hurt when he feels he is unfairly targeted in the media but he believes that he is representing the right values, justice and truth. Djokovic is one of the greatest players in tennis history but he often finds himself on the receiving end of criticism.
“I don’t read the news, neither on apps nor the printed versions, nor have I watched the news on the TV for some years now," Djokovic said, per Tennis Majors. "However, due to my presence on social media, I am exposed to the content that is present in the media.
I cannot say that I am not affected – I’m human, I have emotions, and of course I care… However much it means to me that I represent the right values, that I fight for justice and truth, in equal measure I care what people think about me.
My life doesn’t depend on it of course, for I know who and what I am, but I try to live life in adherence to the right virtues. That I make mistakes, I absolutely do, but I get triggered by injustice and the spreading of lies”.
Djokovic says he is now dealing with the negativity better
Djokovic gets hurt when he feels he is unfarily criticized but he has made it clear that he won't stop fighting for what he believes is right. “It doesn’t get to me as much as before, as I am in some way used to it by now – in world media, as well as domestic… A propaganda campaign has formed, I am being dragged into everything based on things I (had) said in the past.
The system of becoming informed has been sidetracked onto a path that is no longer the same as the one on which the basis of journalism was formed. Free journalism and information is less and less… More and more the control is in the hands of one or two sources, and thus propaganda is spread that suits the elites or a select group.
All in all, for sure it affects me, but that will not prevent me from advocating for things that I deem to be right," Djokovic added.