Novak Djokovic literally ended up in the eye of the cyclones for the organization of the Adria Tour, an exhibition intended for charity purposes which showed very little compliance with the safety protocols and the rules on social distancing.
The consequences were not long in coming: several players tested positive for Coronavirus after the Zadar stage, including the World number 1 and his wife Jelena. The remaining stages of the Adria Tour, both scheduled in Bosnia, have been canceled, but the aftermath of this story risks seriously compromising the image of the Serbian champion.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion has attracted criticism from several players, including Andy Murray, Dan Evans, Nick Kyrgios and Noah Rubin, who have not hesitated to condemn the leaked images from social media. There was also a strong reprimand by ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.
Jean-Francois Caujolle was also added to this list, who accused Nole of endangering the health of many people.
Caujolle on Novak Djokovic
“It reminds me of the parable of the Tower of Babel, where the people wanted to rise as high as the gods.
One has the impression that Novak Djokovic thought himself above certain laws of nature. He has a Slavic side that is both mystical and 'I am unsinkable'" - Jean-Francois Caujolle said. "Personally, you may think that there is no need to get vaccinated or that by taking plants, you can treat yourself.
But when you put other people into play and you have a responsibility for what you represent, there are positions and actions not to be committed. It is not (just) immaturity. He has a messianic side which makes him feel above that.
Then he realizes that the return of the boomerang is rapid. During the confinement period, I followed some of his direct shows on Instagram; it is sure that there was something strange going on in it" - he added. "Everything is in paranormality.
A year and a half, two years ago, he asked ATP that there be cryogenic buses in each tournament so that players can get cold! It has a mystical side which can be dangerous. For me, he is bordering on the guru. He imposes on others a form of mental pressure.
He is someone who can be harmful," remarked Caujolle. Both countries eased their lockdowns ahead of elections held in Serbia last Sunday and scheduled for July 5 in Croatia, and much of the Balkans is experiencing a spike in new COVID-19 cases since the strictest measures were lifted.