Novak Djokovic: 'If I had called someone with whom I have...'

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Novak Djokovic: 'If I had called someone with whom I have...'

The former Spanish tennis player and current tennis coach, Pepe Imaz, says that it is true that Novak Djokovic has had his mistakes but adds that everything the Serbian does comes from the heart and with good intentions behind it.

Imaz has a good relationship with Djokovic and is one of the people who has had the opportunity to get to know the 20-time Grand Slam champion better. "From what I feel and see about him, everything he has done, he has done with the best intention and desire to help and contribute from the status he has in the world of tennis.

He has done it from the heart. Some things have been more or less successful. He is a human being and he learns. For some, he was wrong and lived the criticism and received it with acceptance and learning, "Imaz told AS. Djokovic was not vaccinated before the start of the season, but has requested a medical exemption for the Australian Open.

Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-December and used that positive test while applying to be granted a medical exemption. The day before flying to Australia, Djokovic took to Instagram to announce that he had been granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.

What happened in Australia is well documented as it ended with Djokovic's worst case scenario: being deported. Some suggested that nothing would have happened if Djokovic had kept his medical exemption a secret. However, Djokovic has no regrets about going public with his medical exemption.

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In a recent interview, Novak Djokovic had some harsh words about the way he was treated in Australia ahead of the season's first Grand Slam last month. The World No. 1 minced no words, saying that he felt "humiliated" by the ordeal and that the concerned authorities publicly portrayed a "very ugly image" of him.

"A very ugly image of me was created [in Australia]. They humiliated me, if I may say so, on a world level. That is why it is important that I always have the opportunity to say something," Djokovic said. "If someone wants to ask me something, I will answer."

Djokovic remarked that the BBC were one of his most vocal critics during his time in Australia, and that was why he gave them a free reign with all the questions they wanted to ask. "If I had called someone with whom I have a good relationship, they would have said, "Here he is, he set up an interview so that they don't ask him anything, he runs away from embarrassing situations, he hides something."

'That is the biggest reason why I called the BBC," he said. "Those who criticized me the most could come and ask me anything they wanted."