'Novak Djokovic did not have the courage to...', says former No. 1

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'Novak Djokovic did not have the courage to...', says former No. 1

Discussions continue around the disqualification of Novak Djokovic from the US Open, destined to go down in history as one of the most incredible episodes of recent years. The World number 1 apologized for his gesture and defended the line judge from the accusations that have come down on her in recent days.

Meanwhile, the USTA has fined the 17-time Grand Slam champion for a total of nearly $ 300,000, plus $ 7,500 for not showing up at the press conference after the match. Commenting on the incident on the Tennis Channel, Martina Navratilova harshly criticized the attitude of the Serbian phenomenon, who avoided confrontation with journalists and immediately abandoned the Flushing Meadows facility.

A greedy chance and a considerable damage to image for Nole, who has already given the appointment for the season on clay.

Navratilova on Novak Djokovic

"For me, it was like when you break up with a girl via email. It's done live" - Martina Navratilova said.

"Okay... Novak Djokovic made a mistake in a split second, but then he had time to think about everything and he ran away! He did not have the courage to go out in front of the press to talk about it, it is like an apology without an apology.

Yes, of course, he is sorry that he did that, but he should have stayed to talk to the journalists," she continued. That is the thought of his friend and former coach Radek Stepanek, and former world No. 1 Jim Courier. The Czech, who coached Djokovic alongside Hall of Famer Andre Agassi for several months from 2017 to 2018, suspected the Serb was suffering.

"I know he is very sad inside himself and he is in pain," Stepanek, a former world No. 8 and a Davis Cup hero for the Czech Republic, told CNN. "He is in pain because it was unintentional and, in that moment, the pain is bigger.

And it's hard for him because we know how hungry he is to become the player with the most grand slams. I believe he felt -- everyone felt -- this one should be for him, reachable. All these circumstances make it very sad for him and in the first moment, empty, because I believe he himself knew that it was wrong that she got hit.

Obviously the pressure on him and the criticism he is getting over time, it's hard. He's trying to do the best he can. He might be by the end of his career the greatest of all time. We are all human beings. We have a right to make a mistake."