France's Alize Lim has offered some empathy for Novak Djokovic as he has called the Serb a "great champion" and said just thinking about how would she feel if she was in Djokovic's situations makes her anxious.
During his 10 days in Australia, Djokovic's visa was twice canceled and he was twice detained. Djokovic ended up getting deported from Australia. "For me, he’s still a great champion in what he’s achieved and when this turns it around and starts winning, people will move on.
This story is so big. I even unfollowed some people on Twitter because it was too much. It’s making me anxious because I cannot help still but have empathy because I’m a tennis player myself. And situation I read in the news about a tennis player I’m going to think how would it feel if I was there, like I picture myself being in that situation immediately and I’m thinking I would have a rash everywhere and not sleep at all.
It makes me anxious just thinking about it," Lim said on Eurosport, as quoted on Tennis365.
Lim on Emma Raducanu
Raducanu became one of the most talked about tennis players after making tennis history and becoming the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam.
"In the long term for sure she’s going to have big moments again and I’m sure of that but right now at the Australian Open I don’t know her very well so I don’t know what she’s thinking or how she’s feeling.
No-one knows apart from her team and family what she’s going through, we don’t know what is going on with her coach, how she is mentally. Sometimes you’re practising really well and it just doesn’t happen but you know you’re going in the right direction.
And that’s tennis, sometimes it pays off but sometimes you’re completely off track," Lim said of Raducanu. "What Emma did at the US Open was amazing last year and like the Djokovic story in Australia, a lot of people who usually don’t talk about tennis started suddenly talking about tennis, so that has to be positive."