In "white sport" there is no voice that has as much weight as that of Novak Djokovic. Perhaps for being involved in the Tennis Association, or perhaps for being the best of all, but the Serbian always shows his position, bluntly, on the problems that are experienced around him.
Now it could not be different with the unfortunate situation facing Chinese tennis player Shuai Peng, who is currently missing. The number one in the world, like many other exponents, are pressing to find it and incidentally supported the position of the WTA to stop playing in Chinese territory until the situation is clarified.
"The only thing I want is that we know first-hand that she is well, safe and sound. Hopefully we avoid the worst and the situation can be solved as soon as possible. What I do want to make clear is that I fully support the position taken by the WTA," he said.
the winner of 20 Grand Slams. “The entire tennis community must act together, I think it would not be logical for us to continue doing tournaments in China while this is not resolved. It is horrible what is happening and I support 100% that tennis cuts any relationship with China until everything is clarified," he added at a press conference.
Novak Djokovic on chasing history
Speaking to reporters after his win over Cameron Norrie at the ATP Finals, Novak Djokovic expressed his delight at hearing the legendary American's opinion on the GOAT debate. The 34-year-old also stressed the respect he has for Sampras and how the 14-time Major champion's achievements influenced him to want to become a tennis great.
"He made me dream to become a champion like him and hold the Wimbledon trophy and become World No. 1," Djokovic continued. "He is one of the best players of all time in our sport and for something like that to come out of his mouth is extremely satisfying for me to hear”.
The World No. 1 faces Alexander Zverev later tonight in the semifinals in Turin. “There is always motivation for history, but I am just focusing on tomorrow’s match,” Djokovic said. “It is going to be a big challenge.
Sascha is one of the best servers in the game. He has been playing really good tennis and had one of the best seasons in his career. [He has] just played at a very high level throughout the year. Indoors, [he is] definitely top two or three players we have," Djokovic added.
"With the big serve, he is equally as good offensively and defensively. It is going to be a battle, but I am ready for it. We all want to finish the year in the best possible way”.