'I don't think Novak Djokovic did anything untoward', says former ace



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'I don't think Novak Djokovic did anything untoward', says former ace

The mother of a young man who aspires to one day turn professional asked Taylor Fritz to share some advice with her son, and the American tennis star complied. "The most difficult thing for a mother of tennis players. My son gets so depressed during games.

Do you have a second to cheer him up?" Marisa Reinoso tweeted, tagging Fritz. Fritz, the top-ranked American tennis player, made a nice gesture by offering some advice and words of encouragement for the young man. "Don't worry, results don't matter at this age...

what matters is having fun, working hard and improving your game if you want to be a pro one day, good luck, keep working hard and enjoying yourself," Fritz advised the youngster. Fritz was severely handicapped by an ankle injury reaching the Indian Wells final.

His team advised Fritz to give Rafael Nadal a "bye", but he refused and ended up beating Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (5). "The three members of his team, myself, Mike Russell and [fitness trainer] Wolfgang Oswald told him: 'Don't play this game.'

He said: 'I'm going to play. I can do it. I can get through it,'" coach Paul Annacone said on Tennis Channel after the Indian Wells final. Novak Djokovic has played only one tournament in 2022 so far -- the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The Serb progressed as far as the quarterfinals, before succumbing to a straight-sets loss against qualifier Jiri Vesely.

Jim Courier on Nole Djokovic

Jim Courier weighed in on Novak Djokovic's controversial last-minute withdrawal from the 2022 Indian Wells Masters in a recent interview.

Courier admitted that the World No. 1 could have used the good publicity from announcing his decision sooner. "Novak Djokovic has been consistent in his approach. He is not going to get vaccinated, that is clear. He is going to use the rules that are available [and try to play as much as possible].

He is allowed to stay in the draw," Courier said. "I would have chosen, if I were him, to withdraw prior to the qualification rounds starting. I think he could have used the good publicity, but he is within his rights [to wait until the last-minute to withdraw].

I think, in his heart of hearts, he was hoping there would be a change in policy and that he would be allowed to compete [in the Indian Wells Masters]," Courier said. "He wanted to give himself the best chance to try and compete."