Novak Djokovic: 'I am open to changes that can...'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2998
Novak Djokovic has definitely raised his level after struggling on his debut against Kwon. Seeding number 1 got rid of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Miomir Kecmanovic without problems, thus reaching the round of 16 at Wimbledon. The Serbian phenomenon is the big favorite to lift the trophy, but he will have to avoid a dip in tension to secure his seventh Championships title.
2022 has been stingy with satisfactions for Nole up to now, also thanks to her choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was expelled from Australia after a long soap opera, which also caused serious damage to his image.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade did not redeem himself at Roland Garros, where he stopped in the quarters in the presence of his eternal rival Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard then fled to his 22nd Major, further stretching over Federer and Djokovic in the all-time rankings.
At a press conference after the Serbian derby, Djokovic was asked for an opinion on the ATP's decision to allow coaching in the second half of the season.
Djokovic on ATP’s decision
"I have to admit that I am divided because I understand the arguments of both sides.
Maybe I'm leaning more towards introducing coaching. We, on the tour, know that this is already happening in 90 percent of cases, there are signs and communication. Now it will be regulated, that is. to make it official, with certain conditions," said Novak Djokovic.
"I understand the other side as well. Nick Kyrgios is one of those who pointed out that it kills the uniqueness of our sport, that as an individual you fight, find solutions. I understand that too. We know that this is already happening, so let it be the rule," Djokovic added.
The All England Club made the decision this year after a few players injured themselves in 2021. "Here at Wimbledon, who could have guessed that they would allow players to train at the Central Stadium before the start of the tournament? I bet with Goran (coach) that in the future, they might allow a little paint on the equipment, and he says there is no chance.
I am open to changes that can contribute to popularization," Djokovic said. Over the years, even though called illegal, on-court coaching is being practiced in tennis. In numerous instances, a number of players and coaches have been called out for interacting with each other in matches.
While many have criticized the act, some have also praised it. As far as Djokovic’s view is concerned, the Serbian asserted, “If it’s happening anyway, why not make it a rule and why not go public?”