Former world No. 13 Nick Kyrgios says Novak Djokovic is a "hell of a tennis player" but he took an "L" on his Adria Tour project. The Adria Tour was abruptly canceled after four players -- including Djokovic himself -- tested positive for the coronavirus.
On Tuesday, Djokovic handed a straight-set defeat to Tennys Sandgren in the Cincinnati Masters round-of-16 to improve his 2020 record to 20-0. "Hell of a tennis player. May go unbeaten in 2020, can’t take that away from him.
Unfortunately when he was supposed to show some leadership and humility he went missing. Majority would say he has taken an L regardless," Kyrgios said of Djokovic.
Djokovic said his intentions were good The Adria Tour was a charity event but it ended in disaster after several players contracted the coronavirus.
Hell of a tennis player. May go unbeaten in 2020, can’t take that away from him.
Unfortunately when he was supposed to show some leadership and humility he went missing. Majority would say he has taken an L regardless. https://t.co/UjZ9LbHTj3 — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 26, 2020
17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic failed to win the first leg of the Adria Tour event in Belgrade but he was in tears of happiness after bringing some of the world's top players to his hometown. Djokovic reached the final of the Adria Tour event in Zadar before it was called off over coronavirus concerns.
"We tried to do something with the right intentions,” Djokovic told The New York Times. “Yes, there were some steps that could have been done differently, of course, but am I going to be then forever blamed for doing a mistake? I mean, OK, if this is the way, fine, I’ll accept it, because that’s the only thing I can do.
Whether it’s fair or not, you tell me, but I know that the intentions were right and correct, and if I had the chance to do the Adria Tour again, I would do it again”. Djokovic also claimed he is "not against vaccination."
"I see that the international media has taken that out of context a little bit, saying that I am completely against vaccines of any kind,” he said. “My issue here with vaccines is if someone is forcing me to put something in my body.
That I don’t want. For me that’s unacceptable. I am not against vaccination of any kind, because who am I to speak about vaccines when there are people that have been in the field of medicine and saving lives around the world? I’m sure that there are vaccines that have little side effects that have helped people and helped stop the spread of some infections around the world”.