Recently, the declarations of the father of the World number 1 Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer have caused quite a stir. It is not the first time that Djokovic's family has made unkind comments about the Basel champion, given that Nole's mother also defined Roger as a fairly arrogant person.
Djokovic ended up in the storm after being forced to cancel the Adria Tour, the exhibition he organized without respecting the health protocols and the rules on social distancing. Novak and his wife Jelena tested positive for Coronavirus along with other players, which offered his detractors the gluttonous opportunity to request his removal as president of the ATP Player Council.
During a long interview with Bluewin, former Olympic gold medalist Marc Rosset highlighted all his doubts about Djokovic's and his family's behavior.
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," said Marc Rosset. "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 added. "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. 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 finished.
The aforementioned statements infuriated many tennis fans, while Federer never publicly responded to criticism. Meanwhile, the Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that Novak Djokovic would have expressed concern to colleagues about the US Open.
The situation in New York is improving, but the need to undergo a 14-day quarantine on the return to Europe would prevent players from moving to Madrid and Rome for the rest of the season.