'Novak Djokovic is an athlete born once in who knows how many years', says NBA star

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'Novak Djokovic is an athlete born once in who knows how many years', says NBA star

During the suspension of the ATP circuit, Novak Djokovic organized a charity exhibition in the Balkans. His Adria Tour, conceived with noble intentions, has quickly become the most discussed and controversial event of recent months.

Some players, including the World number 1 himself and his wife Jelena, tested positive for Coronavirus, forcing the cancellation of the tournament. The 17-time Grand Slam champion immediately ended up in the dock, mainly due to the decision not to follow the protocols relating to social distancing.

There have been countless criticisms that have hit the Serbian phenomenon, who has been ordered to resign from his role as President of the players. In a recent interview, NBA basketball player Nikola Vucevic defended Djokovic's choices and complimented him on the incredible qualities he demonstrated throughout his career.

Vucevic on Novak Djokovic

"Novak Djokovic is the best ambassador that Serbia has had in history," said Nikola Vucevic. "How he behaves, how he represents the state and how he proudly talks about it, and people again had so many negative opinions about him and it was by no means clear to me.

He is an athlete who is born once in who knows how many years. It is completely unclear to me to blame him for something," asserted the NBA player. "It is ugly how they treated him, he did not deserve it in any way.

I really appreciate Novak. I had the opportunity to meet him, watch him live and talk to him after the matches. It can be seen that Nole is a great champion and a great man." Most of Vucevic's frustration over the treatment meted out to Novak Djokovic seems to stem from the Adria Tour, which led to wide-scale controversy due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"It was ugly how some people treated Novak," said Vucevic. "He tried to organize the tournament with the best intentions. He was given the wrong information about the situation with the virus in the Balkans at that time.

He tried with the best intentions to help tennis players and to bring something to people, considering that the world was blocked. People could get out of the house, see the best tennis players in the world there and something happen.

The intention was to raise money for charity and to help tennis players," asserted Vucevic. Several players became infected. Okay, it can be said that it was a mistake, but the way people reacted to Novak, as if he was the number one enemy in the world.

It was not clear to me at all. Especially when you look at what Novak did, not only for Serbia but also for the Balkans." Djokovic will be the only one of the Big 3 to take part in the US Open, scheduled for New York at the end of this month.

Nole will be the big favorite for the title after winning the Australian Open earlier this year. In case of triumph at Flushing Meadows, the Belgrade champion would reach 18 Slam (very close to Nadal and Federer).