Novak Djokovic ended up in the eye of the hurricane because of his choice to organize the Adria Tour, a commendable initiative in his intentions, but which proved to be a boomerang due to the total absence of masks and social distancing.
The same World number 1 tested positive together with his wife Jelena and four other players, fortunately without further consequences. The 17-time Grand Slam champion sketched a timid apology attempt, which however did not help to allay the controversy.
The Serbian phenomenon was the protagonist of Vasek Pospisil's podcast this week, where he remembered his first tennis tournament played at the age of eight. Nole revealed that he was unable to hold back tears after losing to compatriot Viktor Troicki in the second round.
Djokovic on his first ever tennis tournament
"I remember the first tournament that I ever played in my life, the first competition I had officially. I was 8. So I won my first match ever 8 all, tiebreak 10-8. I was obviously filled with joy, and I was very exhausted.
My mom was there; she hugged me. And at some point, after she hugged me, I started crying. Then, the next day, I lost to Viktor Troicki like 9-0, and then I cried again. So I cried pretty much a lot when I was a kid" - Novak Djokovic said.
When Pospisil asked him the name of the person he first called after a big victory, the 2020 Australian Open winner replied: "Mom, for sure. My mom is always there in good and bad times. You can share that moment of joy."
Novak later identified the Australian Open 2012 final as the toughest game of his career. Djokovic, who had just returned from another tough battle with Andy Murray in the semifinals, won the epic marathon against Rafael Nadal in five sets after almost six hours of spectacle and emotions.
Djokovic is now inclined to play the US Open, as long as quarantine laws upon his return to Europe don’t impact the clay season. A week after the US Open finishes the Madrid Masters begins, with the Rome Masters quickly following seven days later.
That means that, should players be forced to self-quarantine for two weeks after returning from America, they would be unable to play in either of those tournaments, limiting their potential rankings points return more than skipping the US Open would.