'Novak Djokovic dances with the ball hunters on the field', says former TD

‘Novak Djokovic dances with the ball hunters on the field’, says former TD

Everyone knows that Novak Djokovic has had a very troubled season. The former world number 1 paid a very high price for his choice not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus, not having been able to compete in two majors. The Serbian phenomenon has in fact missed the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as having suffered serious damage to his image.

Nole lifted her 2022 by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in her career, the fourth in a row. The 35-year-old from Belgrade has thus equaled his idol Pete Sampras and shortened the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings.

The ‘Djoker’ is back from the successes in Tel Aviv and Astana, which allowed him to remove the pass for the ATP Finals in Turin. Meanwhile, Goran’s protege Ivanisevic waits to know whether or not he will be able to fly to Australia early next year.

In a long interview with the ‘Journal de Quebec’, former Canadian Open director Eugene Lapierre reflected on Djokovic’s attitude.

Lapierre opens up on Djokovic

“The nickname ‘Djoker’ which Serbian Novak Djokovic inherited very early in his career suits him perfectly.

He always wants to please the public in different ways. He dances with the ball hunters on the field,” he said. Lapierre narrated an incident when Djokovic asked for a ‘segway’ to move around, but there wasn’t one around.

“At one point he asked me if we could get him a Segway (a small two-wheeled vehicle), so he could get around the site. We couldn’t find any, and anyway, his agent said, “Never!” is very nice to everyone.

He is a teaser, who always wants to make people laugh,” he recalled. Lapierre said that Roger Federer oozed class and was perfection personified. “Federer is just top class,” said Lapierre. “He realized the impact and reach he could have with everyone.

He never wavered, made special requests. He was very happy to come to Montreal, he was always very nice. With him, there is not a hair sticking out, as they say. It was very Swiss in attitude. A perfect guy, who was also perfect on the court”.

Novak Djokovic had a rocky start this season. He received a three-year ban after engaging himself in a legal battle with the Australian government over his vaccination status. The 21 times Grand Slam champion wasn’t able to defend his title.

Others wrote about how the tournament doesn’t want Djokovic around because of the immense chances of him winning. They sensed some conspiracy and expressed accordingly.

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