The successes achieved by Novak Djokovic have earned him numerous awards from fans and insiders. In recent times, however, the number 1 in the world has had a mixed relationship with some representatives of the media. In the last twelve months, the 17-time Grand Slam champion has ended up in the eye of the storm after organizing the Adria Tour without paying any attention to health protocols.
As if that weren't enough, the Serbian phenomenon was sensationally disqualified at the US Open 2020 due to an accidental hit to a line judge in his round of 16 match against Pablo Carreno Busta. During a recent interview with Tennis Majors, the 33-year-old from Belgrade analyzed the fact that the media often describe him as the villain of the situation.
Nole has decided to follow a different path than eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are paired at 20 Grand Slams each right now. Djokovic has a very good chance of breaking the record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.
Novak Djokovic on his portrayal by the media
"That’s like opening Pandora’s box," Novak Djokovic said when asked why he is often painted as the villian. "If we begin to discuss that, we won’t finish this evening.
Presumably there are millions of different reasons. Truthfully, I have mostly made peace with it," he added. "I cannot say that it doesn’t sometimes get to me – of course an injustice or an unfair portrayal by the media affects me.
I am a human being, I have emotions and naturally I don’t enjoy it. I would sincerely like to have a good relationship with them, but it seems that this is not always possible. I do my best to focus on the positive things and the positive articles," he added.
"I have spoken about things which may not have been well received by some establishments, monopolies; in relation to politics within tennis for example," continued the Serb. "Basically, perhaps I antagonize people and then those things (negative treatment in the media) happen."
Novak Djokovic insisted, however, that he will continue to call out those in power for trying to maintain a stranglehold on their privileged position. That is arguably a thinly-veiled dig at Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - two players who don’t often see eye-to-eye with the World No.
1. "Of course it hurts when baseless criticism is fired your way and when you’re treated differently, but in a way, that is the path I have chosen," Djokovic added. "As I mentioned, I find fault with and call out people and groups that most likely want to maintain the status quo in which they can reap the benefits in various ways, and that is something that I stand against. That is that."