Former world No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic has come to the defense of fellow compatriot Novak Djokovic, who was recently criticized for apparently leaving the United States before the Miami Masters got officially cancelled. 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic was reportedly spotted on the Los Angeles airport leaving the United States just hours before the Miami Masters got called off due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Some lower-ranked players called out President of ATP Player Council Djokovic for leaving the United States before Miami got cancelled and Tipsarevic didn't back down while describing how he felt about those who called out the world No.
1. "Absolutely stupid and idiotic move (to speak that way against Djokovic)," Tipsarevic told Sport Klub, as revealed by Sasa Ozmo. "Decision made by Novak and rest of us to leave doesn't have anything to do with some 'tip' from the council, like we knew something before everyone else...
It makes no sense for anyone to attack Novak, in my opinion he is sometimes to open and honest with others about his plans." Meanwhile, the ATP extended the Tour suspension and now the season won't continue before June 7, when the first grass court events of the season are scheduled to start.
Tipsarevic, who made the Wimbledon quarterfinal twice, doubts The Championships will take place this year when scheduled as he said that "we will be enormously lucky if we get to play Wimbledon this year." The Serb expects the season to continue when the time comes for the US summer swing.