Tony Parker compares Novak Djokovic to NBA GOAT Michael Jordan

Parker thinks Djokovic is in the same echelon as Jordan.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tony Parker compares Novak Djokovic to NBA GOAT Michael Jordan

Tony Parker says Novak Djokovic "definitely can be compared to Michael Jordan" as the French NBA legend is amazed by the Serb's longevity and success. In basketball, Jordan is widely considered the greatest of all time. In tennis, 36-year-old Djokovic is tied with Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 22 Majors and the Serb also owns the record for the most weeks spent at No 1 by a male or female.

Parker, a former four-time NBA champion, is currently dating Alize Lim and he is now more into tennis than before.

Parker: Djokovic can be compared to Jordan

“Novak for me is one of the best ever, best athletes ever, in every sport.

What he did for the longevity and to do it for as long as he did it, I don’t think you have a lot of athletes who did that in the history of the game. So I have a lot of respect for him. I’ve met him a couple of times.

He’s a huge basketball fan, in Serbia it’s maybe the number one sport. I love watching him play, I love his fighting spirit. That’s my favourite aspect, the mental part. Knowing Alize [Lim, a Eurosport presenter at Roland-Garros and Parker’s partner], knowing the game a little bit more, I know the mental part is a huge thing in this sport.

And you have to give it to Novak, between him and Rafa, they are the best. You can definitely compare him to Michael Jordan in my sport. I have a lot of respect for him," Parker told Eurosport. With Nadal injured and set to retire in 2024, Djokovic is now widely expected to end up with the all-time Grand Slam record.

Parker is also of the opinion that Djokovic will beat out Nadal in the Grand Slam race. “I think he’s going to beat the record. He’s healthy, I know his diet, he is really focused on that. I don’t see him not getting the record. Rafa can say, ‘I have the record,’ but Novak is going to get it," Parker said of Djokovic.

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