World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admits he has seen a lot of negative comments made against him over the last month and he suspects some are targeting him because they need a big name to fall. After a two-month quarantine in Marbella, Djokovic returned to Serbia in mid-May and launched the Adria Tour -- which had a goal to make a stop across four countries in the Balkans.
The Serb announced all the money raised at the Adria Tour would be donated to charity organizations but the event ended in disaster four players who participated at the event -- including Djokovic himself -- tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Adria Tour events in Belgrade and Zadar featured packed crowds, players shook hands, hugged and even played contact sports together such as football and basketball. After several players tested positive for the coronavirus, 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic started receiving a lot of criticism and he was portrayed as the main culprit for what happened at his event.
"Lately I have seen only criticism, and a lot of them malicious. There is obviously something more than just criticism, like there is an agenda, witch-hunt. Like someone has to fall, some big name to be the main culprit for everything," Djokovic told Sportski Zurnal, as revealed by Sasa Ozmo of Sport Klub.
Djokovic admits there is a chance he skips the US Open
After the US Open organizers revealed their strict hygiene restrictions for this year's event, Djokovic was one of the biggest names to publicly speak against the rules as he said they were "extreme" and "almost impossible."
Djokovic, a three-time US Open champion, wasn't a fan of the US Open initially planning to allow players to bring only one team member but since then the organizers have changed their mind and players will now be allowed to bring three team members with them.
The season is set to resume on August 14 and it appears that Djokovic will be focused on tournaments in Europe when the season restarts. "I still don't know if I will play the US Open. I'm planning to play Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros in September," Djokovic revealed. The US Open ends on September 13, while the French Open kicks off two weeks later on September 27.