Novak Djokovic ended up in the eye of the hurricane after his Adria Tour, organized without regard for the rules on social distancing, was abruptly interrupted following the positivity to the virus of four players (including the same World number 1).
If this were not enough, the statements of Nole's father Srdjan, who blamed Grigor Dimitrov for the incident and for having muddied the reputation of the Djokovic family, also made a lot of discussion. The father of the 17-time Grand Slam champion had also attracted several criticisms for having advised Roger Federer to retire and devote himself to something else.
Former Olympic gold medalist Marc Rosset recently confided that Djokovic should take better care of what his family says in public.
Rosset on Novak Djokovic
"Taking up the chronology of the last days, there has already been the release of his father on Roger Federer which I find inadmissible.
Even if you love your son more than anything world, you can't take out stuff like that," Marc Rosset told Bluewin. "If my father had said that, I would have come home and stuck a pie on him! You can't talk about someone like that.
It's simply stupid. Novak Djokovic is a pretty divisive character, whatever he says," Rosset said. "I also have the impression that he feeds on that. I do not judge the person because everyone has their sources of motivation and their beliefs.
But, from a general point of view, Novak Djokovic remains an enigma. It's hard for him to compete with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal from a popularity standpoint. I can understand how frustrating it is for him. He is World No.
1 and a great player, but he faces two legends," stated Rosset. "But, between the declarations of his father and the fiasco of the Adria Tour, he did not score points with the public. And, above all, it doesn't help the image of tennis" - he concluded.
Shortly before the start of the Adria Tour, Djokovic, who is also president of the player council of the men's ATP Tour, angered some players by suggesting he may not take part in the US Open in New York at the end of August because organizers said they wanted to limit player entourages to just one extra person.
In April, he raised eyebrows for saying he was against the idea of having to be vaccinated for Covid-19 as a possible prerequisite to play on Tour again.