After expressing all his doubts about the US Open, Novak Djokovic organized the Adria Tour together with some of the top players on the men's tour. The exhibition that will be staged in the Balkans in June represents a hint of restart, pending that the date on which professional tournaments can start again will be made official.
The World number 1 was unbeaten before the suspension of the tour for COVID-19, in addition to having won the only Slam staged this year, the Australian Open. The Serbian phenomenon has as his main objectives the record of Grand Slam titles and that of weeks at the top of the world ranking.
Speaking on the 'Wish & Go' podcast, Nole revealed what motivates him to hit the ball more and more intensely despite advancing age.
Djokovic: 'It’s like I have a megaphone in my hands'
“First of all, I must say that I am in a very privileged position and role.
Someone who has had a lot of success in globally popular sports, to say something that is heard far away,” Novak Djokovic said. “It’s like I have a megaphone in my hands. There aren’t many athletes in that privileged position.
I’ve earned it with my success and I’m grateful for it. It’s one of the reasons why I still play professional sports. The biggest reason is that I love it I like to compete, and the second biggest is because I feel that the terrain in me causes a storm of emotions, which I can not experience anywhere else in such a short period of time,” he added.
The Serbian was asked during the podcast why he voiced his opinions on so many topics that didn't have a direct connection to tennis. The 2016 French Open winner answered: "It's very common in society. Throughout my career, I've had the opportunity to deal with all kinds of controversial subjects.
People always refer to the responsibility I have, and to the fact that every bit of information I share has a resounding impact in terms of how far it reaches and of how many people are exposed to it. I'm not saying I'm blameless in this regard.
Sometimes I say some things, and when I think about them afterward, I realize that I shouldn't have phrased them as I did. I'm human, and I have no problems to admit when I'm wrong. However, I'm not a robot, and I can't spend my life in a bubble or a shell; that's just not who I am.
I don't think someone should be prevented from expressing his opinion on something just because he isn't an expert about it. I think this is clear from what I've been saying for the last 15 years," Novak Djokovic finished.