Swiss tennis player Timea Bacsinszky has suggested that Novak Djokovic doesn't get as much as love he would like because his words "contradict" his actions. After the US Open organizers introduced their plan to have strict hygiene restrictions at this year's event -- which all players would be required to follow -- world No.
1 Djokovic was the biggest name to come out and speak against the idea. Days later, Djokovic launched the Adria Tour event in Belgrade -- where players shook hands, hugged, player contact sports together such as football and basketball, while there wasn't too much of social distancing in the stands.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion received a lot of criticism after the first leg of the Adria Tour event in Belgrade but that was nothing compared to the criticism he started receiving after four players tested positive for the coronavirus after the event in Zadar.
"Novak Djokovic has, one day, reservations about the resumption of the circuit. Then he organizes an exhibition with a full stadium and additional activities," Bacsinszky said, as quoted on Sportskeeda. It is not a secret that among fans, Djokovic isn't as loved as his two biggest rivals -- record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and world No.
1 Rafael Nadal. "I have the impression that the lack of love he (Djokovic) suffers comes from the fact that people perceive his contradictions," Bacsinszky said.
Bacsinszky claims WTA players are more responsible
Just before the final of the Adria Tour event in Zadar, Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov announced he tested positive for the coronavirus, and the organizers called off the final between Djokovic and Andrey Rublev.
The same night every player who participated at the Adria Tour event in Zadar -- every player except Djokovic -- was tested for the coronavirus and the result of Borna Coric only came back as positive. World No. 7 Alexander Zverev tested negative for the coronavirus -- promised to self quarantine for the next 14 days -- but a week later he was spotted partying in Monaco.
"I think we (WTA players) are more responsible (than the men)," Bacsinszky said "The boys go out more, they are more likely to be seen in night clubs than girls. "One thing is certain, tennis could not afford a worse incident and I am proud to see that the women's circuit, on the contrary, behaved in a very responsible way."