Novak Djokovic enjoyed his return to Israel and addressed the criticism that was directed at him following his decision to compete at the Tel Aviv Open. In 2006, Djokovic represented Serbia in a Davis Cup tie in Israel. 16 years later, Djokovic returned to Israel for the inaugural Tel Aviv Open.
"The city has changed," Djokovic told i24NEWS. "But the energy is the same." Djokovic's decision to come to Israel wasn't welcome by some. "In terms of criticism, you know, it's part of what they do.
I receive criticism for a lot of different things and decisions that I am making," Djokovic said. "I'm a professional athlete, and I am a tennis player. And if I choose to play a tournament, there is a reason why I'm choosing that."
Djokovic asked about constantly getting criticized over his life decisions
Djokovic has been one of the most criticized players this season. Throughout the entire year, Djokovic has been criticized - mostly by the media - over his decision not to get vaccinated.
i24NEWS asked Djokovic how it feels to constantly receive criticism over his life decisions. "I think we all are trying to be the best that we can possibly be, and I stay true to my values and the things that I believe in," Djokovic answered.
Djokovic missed two Grand Slams in 2022 because of his vaccine stance. But he has no regrets. "I'll take the consequences of that, but I'll stay true to what I believe in," Djokovic noted. Also, Djokovic reflected on the criticism he is often receiving in the media.
Some media members have heavily criticized Djokovic this year, with some suggesting that Djokovic is promoting the anti-vaccine propaganda. "The media is not always so nice when there is an agenda. So I have to just deal with it," Djokovic said.