World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has responded to criticism about the comments he made earlier this week on his Instagram live show with regards to the effects of positive thoughts on water and food. During his chat with friend Chervin Jafarieh as part of his Self Mastery Project, Djokovic said that toxic food and polluted water could be turned healthy with the power of positive thoughts.
His statements gained a lot of attention in the media but also came under criticism from former player turned commentator Mary Carillo and other tennis journalists such as Jon Wertheim and Ben Rothenberg. Djokovic was back on his show on Friday with another guest Jay Shetty, during which he spoke about his comments and the criticism that he received.
The 17 time Grand Slam champion made it clear that what he said on the live chat was solely his perception of life and he only wanted to share his journey with others so that it may help them and inspire them, adding that he was not trying to preach anything.
Chervin Jafarieh also spoke about the criticism saying that Djokovic's statement was used against him and that it is the way most people attacked others.
Novak giving a reminder to everybody, just now on his IG.
“This is solely our perception of things in life (...) this is not us preaching about anything”. pic.twitter.com/MAAlWxf23g — 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚒𝚎 (@NDjokofan) May 8, 2020
Djokovic has come under criticism for some of his other comments as well recently. He had also said that he was not sure if he would like to take a vaccine for the coronavirus in case it was required for travel purposes. Those comments of his came under the scanner with a top health official in Serbia saying that Djokovic's position and fame made it easy for his statements to influence the perception of his fans and followers with regards to vaccination.