Novak Djokovic has received criticism from all sides for organizing the controversial Adria Tour, funded by the World number 1 and his family. The exhibition was canceled after the second stage of Zadar ended, after Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for Coronavirus shortly before the final between Djokovic and Rublev.
The controversy sparked further when the Serbian phenomenon turned out to be positive together with his wife and other players, who had been seen dancing in a night club regardless of the rules on social distancing. Although the 17-time Grand Slam champion has tried to apologize on social media, many - including colleagues and insiders - are demanding the removal of Djokovic from his role as president of the ATP Player Council.
In a recent interview with SportKlub, Janko Tipsarevic accused anyone who accused Nole of hypocrisy.
Tipsarevic on Novak Djokovic
"The British media who are now trying to 'hang' Novak Djokovic are the biggest hypocrites.
A photo was recently published on the beaches of England where everyone is close, Liverpool fans celebrating the Premier League title ... In the Bundesliga (German Championship), if someone is positive, he is isolated and everything goes on, but for us there seem to be other rules," said Janko Tipsarevic.
"Dimitrov tested positive and now they're shooting Novak with all possible weapons. It's a double standard, two measures," he continued. "I would like to see the Americans if ... In fact, not of 'if', but 'when', someone is infected with the US Open , there are about 700 people in the same place.
There they are destroying Novak, but what will happen to the US Open if one, two or even three players test positive? Will they cancel it, will they test the 700 people?" Tipsarevic questioned. It has been quite some time now since the drama, Djokovic has apologized about the tour.
From then on the tennis fraternity has split. Some are supporting and understanding Djokvoic’s decision whereas some are still holding grudges against him. Meanwhile, the United States Tennis Association has confirmed that it will hold the US Open without fans amid the COVID-19 outbreak, with the tournament expected to take place between August 31 and September 13.
The revised calendar will see players compete in a hectic schedule and the US Open and French Open taking place within six weeks. Nadal is the defending champion at both of those Grand Slams but may favour his chances of success more at Roland Garros as he aims to go level with Roger Federer for major titles.