Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee doesn't agree with Patrick McEnroe that Novak Djokovic "spent his career chasing down Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal." This week, the BBC released the interview they conducted with world No.
1 Djokovic. In the interview, Djokovic confirmed that he is still unvaccinated and made it clear that he is willing to skip tournaments that introduce mandatory vaccination. Djokovic tied Federer and Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam list with 20 Majors after winning the opening three Grand Slams of the 2021 season.
Djokovic didn't compete at this year's Australian Open and Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam title. "Novak Djokovic has been clearly the best tennis player in the world and in my opinion, he is the greatest player I have seen of all time.
Well, he is bypassing the opportunity, as he did in Australia, to continue to do what he does," McEnroe said on ESPN's SportsCenter, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"He spent the last 10 to 15 years chasing down Roger Federer, chasing down Rafael Nadal.
He finally caught them & he was ready to sprint past them. But now he’s stuck in the mud because of this decision to not take the vaccine."
McNamee responds to McEnroe's comments about Djokovic
"Dear Patrick, Novak has not spent his life 'chasing down Roger and Eafa'..
he's just been himself, and continues to do so... that's the part that's missed by so many who can't, or do not want, to see," McNamee wrote on Twitter. It is not a secret that Djokovic would love to finish his career with the most Grand Slams.
However, Djokovic made it clear in his interview with the BBC that his principles are more important than any title. Meanwhile, Djokovic is set to kick off his 2022 season next week in Dubai.