Gilles Simon suggests some are praying for Novak Djokovic's downfall

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Gilles Simon suggests some are praying for Novak Djokovic's downfall

French tennis star Gilles Simon suggests there are a lot of people who love to see Novak Djokovic in a tough situation so they can use it to criticize him and damage his image. Djokovic, the man behind the Adria Tour, has been receiving lots of criticism after four players who participated at his event tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Djokovic announced he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus, while their kids were negative. On Sunday, Grigor Dimitrov announced he tested positive, while a day later it was confirmed the tests of Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki were also positive.

"There are a bunch of people who are very happy to weaken Djokovic because it takes up space," Simon told Tennis Break News, as revealed on Sportskeeda. "They will accuse Djokovic by saying that it is entirely his fault and that it will be better organised on their side.

Because they don't want this thing to affect their tournament. It is not trivial, it does not happen by chance. "He's someone very nice to only take it out on himself. It is complicated to decide on the repercussions of all this because it is only politics."

Gilles Simon further defends Djokovic

Noah Rubin -- ranked outside the top-200 -- criticized Djokovic for the way Adria Tour was hosted and he also called out the Serb for missing the ATP Zoom call. "The first wave of criticism against Djokovic, it is very revealing," Simon said.

"Since when Noah Rubin has a whole page to demolish Djokovic? This is not the first guy, you say to yourself: 'We absolutely need the opinion of Noah Rubin [laughs]' The American influence that we have here in France, the Americans also have at home.

"Novak did a lot more for Noah Rubin than a lot of other guys, but he decided he didn't like him because he was not at the conference which summed up all the meetings he had. "This is the problem we have with some players.

When you can give the floor to anyone, you will always find guys who disagree and who do not have an overall vision because they haven't been on the circuit for too long." Meanwhile, 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his wife are feeling well after testing positive for the coronavirus.