Djokovic News

TheAssassin

Legend
Rothenberg is definitely persona non grata in this thread. :D

Can't say Djokovic is faultless but no doubt people will want to say all the blame is on him. We have seen such targeting for a lot lesser matters in the past.

Anyway, hope no serious cases will come out of these two held exhibitions. Keep staying safe guys. This isn't over yet.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
The Adria tour is turning into a Covid disaster. And it is on Novak.

Although Serbia has done pretty well controlling Covid, players and their teams came from all over Europe, where some countries have been hit by the virus really bad.

This is the worst that could have happened to ATP right now. Some people might die because of this tournament.
I think Novak should be removed from the ATP players council and banned from the tour for a significant amount of time. He needs to learn some science during the down time.
 

K-H

Hall of Fame
Tbh I dont think it's fair for Novak to get all the blame for this. Every player had the choice to be there. Every fan had the choice to watch. They obviously got authorisation from the Serbian government otherwise the tournament wouldn't have taken place. Its seems like Djokovic is getting most of the hate.

However, I do agree it was a stupid decision in the first place to hold it and it shouldn't have gone ahead. Novak shouldn't have held the tournament, the Serbian authorities shouldn't have allowed it and the players shouldn't have come. But everyone played their part in this.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
Tbh I dont think it's fair for Novak to get all the blame for this. Every player had the choice to be there. Every fan had the choice to watch. They obviously got authorisation from the Serbian government otherwise the tournament wouldn't have taken place. Its seems like Djokovic is getting most of the hate.

However, I do agree it was a stupid decision in the first place to hold it and it shouldn't have gone ahead. Novak shouldn't have held the tournament, the Serbian authorities shouldn't have allowed it and the players shouldn't have come. But everyone played their part in this.
That's a very rational post.

Djoko's PR team seem determined to make it worse though. His refusing to get tested is another blunder.
 

bleno567

Semi-Pro
Tbh I dont think it's fair for Novak to get all the blame for this. Every player had the choice to be there. Every fan had the choice to watch. They obviously got authorisation from the Serbian government otherwise the tournament wouldn't have taken place. Its seems like Djokovic is getting most of the hate.

However, I do agree it was a stupid decision in the first place to hold it and it shouldn't have gone ahead. Novak shouldn't have held the tournament, the Serbian authorities shouldn't have allowed it and the players shouldn't have come. But everyone played their part in this.
Agree. Not all the blame, but a hearty portion of it.
 

GabeT

Legend
Tbh I dont think it's fair for Novak to get all the blame for this. Every player had the choice to be there. Every fan had the choice to watch. They obviously got authorisation from the Serbian government otherwise the tournament wouldn't have taken place. Its seems like Djokovic is getting most of the hate.

However, I do agree it was a stupid decision in the first place to hold it and it shouldn't have gone ahead. Novak shouldn't have held the tournament, the Serbian authorities shouldn't have allowed it and the players shouldn't have come. But everyone played their part in this.
Some things we shouldn’t forget:

  • Everything indicates COVID-19 will be here for a while. It won’t be over soon but the severity will likely diminish over time (you can see that in US today where cases are rising yet deaths are falling)
  • Tennis, like all other pro sports, is a business and has a responsibility to all those that depend on it. It can’t wait to return until everything is 100% safe, that could be years away. All other sports are dealing with the same issue.
  • There is no simple or easy answer as to how to respond to the crisis if you want to keep the sport alive. Simply shutting down everything until the virus is fully gone is not an option.
  • Right now, and despite all the risks, the ATP and other relevant bodies have decided to restart in August in the US, fully aware of the risks, and fully aware that the virus is still out there (and particularly in the US). And players need match practice ahead of that.
  • Novak is not responsible for what a government allows nor is he responsible for pro players getting infected. They are all adults and have agency. No one forced them. They understand, and took, the risks.
  • Since absent a vaccine or choosing to self isolate 100% (not an option for tennis pros) the risk of contagion will not disappear it is probably in the interest of players to get infected earlier, rather than later. I’m not saying they should actively seek to get infected but if their travel and other activities will expose them to it, might as well get it sooner. Yes, some who were infected were later found to be re infected but the evidence is weak on this front and the number of reinfected so far is pretty small.
 
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Enceladus

Hall of Fame
The Adria tour is turning into a Covid disaster. And it is on Novak.

Although Serbia has done pretty well controlling Covid, players and their teams came from all over Europe, where some countries have been hit by the virus really bad.

This is the worst that could have happened to ATP right now. Some people might die because of this tournament.
I think Novak should be removed from the ATP players council and banned from the tour for a significant amount of time. He needs to learn some science during the down time.
o_O(n) This post is total BS. How can you call yourself a Novak fan, when you wish, that Nole to be banned from the tour? :mad:
 

fox

Rookie
o_O(n) This post is total BS. How can you call yourself a Novak fan, when you wish, that Nole to be banned from the tour? :mad:
Maybe not banned but he risked people and players safety just for his crazy idea. What if it makes Dimitrov, Coric or other skip slams? Maybe himself too. What if ballkids or spectators got sick? Sorry but organizing all this just because Serbia has no preventive measures is rather dumb. It is not an excuse while players are coming from outside.
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
How can you call yourself a Novak fan, when you wish, that Nole to be banned from the tour? :mad:
Rational fans are rational and are able to criticize their guy when warranted. If Federer pulled this stunt organizing the Adria Tour, I would call for him to be sanctioned. Fandom doesn't mean blindly supporting your guy when they are spectacularly wrong about something. That's hagiography, not being a fan.
 

FatHead250

Rookie
Novak sitting on the freshly added to his bank account ten millions of profits from the exho, and i cant blame him. Although im really happy that everyone hates him now, because ive always been hating Novak a lot anyway
 

JoshuaPim

Rookie
  • Novak is not responsible for what a government allows nor is he responsible for pro players getting infected. They are all adults and have agency. No one forced them. They understand, and took, the risks.
Ridiculous. What about those who had no connection with tennis but might now get infected by contact with the players? They deliberately took risks and were not bothered by the consequences to others. Maybe if they got sued for damages that might change their tune.
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
Rational fans are rational and are able to criticize their guy when warranted. If Federer pulled this stunt organizing the Adria Tour, I would call for him to be sanctioned. Fandom doesn't mean blindly supporting your guy when they are spectacularly wrong about something. That's hagiography, not being a fan.
One thing is an adequate punishment, the other thing is an exaggerated punishment. Ban participation on the tour is an exaggerated and absurd punishment in this case, IMO.
Well, Nole underestimated the consequences of not keeping social distance. He apparently thought that the coronavirus was receding, that social distancing was not necessary, and that Serbian regulations didn't force him to take strict measures. It was a big mistake and another bigger mistake was to hold the infamous evening party.
The message from @ucswang was a hysterical cry, not a constructive criticism, so I set out against it.
 

GabeT

Legend
Ridiculous. What about those who had no connection with tennis but might now get infected by contact with the players? They deliberately took risks and were not bothered by the consequences to others. Maybe if they got sued for damages that might change their tune.
Ridiculous. The risk is everywhere. No one has any obligation to isolate forever
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
I'm not confusing anything, tennisbg is a Djokovic fan, he gave that comment a like...
I'm talking about ucswang, not about tennisbg. Ucswang posted a similar post in one of the deleted threads, where he also demanded a ban for Novak from the tour. I can identify sarcasm, and this wasn't sarcasm, but a hysterical scream.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
One thing is an adequate punishment, the other thing is an exaggerated punishment. Ban participation on the tour is an exaggerated and absurd punishment in this case, IMO.
Well, Nole underestimated the consequences of not keeping social distance. He apparently thought that the coronavirus was receding, that social distancing was not necessary, and that Serbian regulations didn't force him to take strict measures. It was a big mistake and another bigger mistake was to hold the infamous evening party.
The message from @ucswang was a hysterical cry, not a constructive criticism, so I set out against it.
A ban seems excessive.

Best thing that could come out of this is if Novak could get himself some decent PR. Someone who could get him to drop the mumbo-jumbo and tell Papa Djok to put a sock in it.
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
Djokovic will address the public on Tuesday afternoon after he gets his test results.

After Grigor Dimitrov was found covid-19 positive, all other participants were tested, with Borna Coric, Novak's fitness coach and Dimitrov's coach also positive.

Alexander Zverev and his team were negative, and same goes for Marin Cilic and Andrey Rublev.

Djokovic refused to be tested yesterday in Zadar, instead doing it today after returning to Belgrade. The rest of his family have also been tested.

Ivanisevic had to undergo that procedure twice in five days and he was negative both times.

The town of Zadar published that out of 26 known test results today all 26 are negative, while they wait for the result of around 30 more tests.
 
Djokovic will make a public announcement on Tuesday afternoon after he gets his test results.

After Grigor Dimitrov was found covid-19 positive, all other participants were tested, with Borna Coric, Novak's fitness coach and Dimitrov's coach also positive.

Alexander Zverev and his team were negative, and same goes for Marin Cilic and Andrey Rublev.

Djokovic refused to be tested yesterday in Zadar, instead doing it today after returning to Belgrade. The rest of his family have also been tested.

Ivanisevic had to undergo that procedure twice in five days and he was negative both times.

The town of Zadar published that out of 26 known test results today all 26 are negative, while they wait for the result of around 30 more tests.
Good to hear. Hopefully we have seen the worst of it and we can move on. Sounds like it won't be as bad as some feared. The town having no positives is the best news, and it might mean it was not the tourney that was the problem but the players activities outside the tourney.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
o_O(n) This post is total BS. How can you call yourself a Novak fan, when you wish, that Nole to be banned from the tour? :mad:
While I don't agree with @uscwang regarding the suspension - I think other reprecussions are in order - @BeatlesFan already nailed it:

Rational fans are rational and are able to criticize their guy when warranted. If Federer pulled this stunt organizing the Adria Tour, I would call for him to be sanctioned. Fandom doesn't mean blindly supporting your guy when they are spectacularly wrong about something. That's hagiography, not being a fan.
Djokovic screwed up bad here. @uscwang was a legit Djoker fan not some troll. Djoker is going to lose fans over this and I can't blame them.
 

Shaj

Rookie
Have to say social distancing norms should have been followed ..what were they thinking?

Having said that lot of people are turning on Novak coz of their old unsolved issues,Roddick,Kyrgios..
 
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fox

Rookie
Have to say social distancing norms should have been followed ..what were they thinking?

Having said that lot of people are turning on Novak coz of their old unsolved issues,Roddick,Kyrgios..
Haha I am sure the only thing Roddick cares about now are unresolved issues with Djokovic. Especially considering he is out of the game from a long time, he has a wife and his own life.
Actually his opinion is quite fair and I don’t see any bias there.
 

Shaj

Rookie
Haha I am sure the only thing Roddick cares about now are unresolved issues with Djokovic. Especially considering he is out of the game from a long time, he has a wife and his own life.
Actually his opinion is quite fair and I don’t see any bias there.
He ranked 2011 season as like 4th or 5th in he greatest of all time seasons..cant trust that guy with Novak..
 

Tennis_Freak99

Semi-Pro
What happens to slam record now. .:cry::cry:
If this doesn't affect his lungs on long term basis, then it's very much in his grasp, it will basically turn out to be a vaccination of sorts.

But we can't predict for the severity post recovery, all we can do is pray
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
I wish him and Jelena and everyone of their family and friends well. Also everyone they e come into contact with. That said, there’s just no defending this stupidity and his actual statement was disappointing to say the least.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
Novak should consider skipping tournaments until the coronavirus situation is cleared. Keep Monty, RG, and Wimby for now. He can always get the #1 record.
It is very serious. Rome is in doubt. So is Tokyo Olympics.
I expect depleted draws in RG and Wimby due to player illness, health concern, or travel bans.
And his team should use private jet if they are to travel at all.
I posted this on Feb 24. Seems like a lifetime ago. Unfortunately, I'm afraid Novak's mind is seriously messed up when it comes to... um, science.
Hope he acceptd medical treatment for the virus if needed and no more that positive thinking takes care of everything shiiit.
 
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TripleATeam

Legend
This must be tough on the kids. Both their parents have the virus - probably the grandparents need to take care of them for two weeks. :(

Get well soon, Novak and Jelena.
 

TennisFan3

Legend
If this doesn't affect his lungs on long term basis, then it's very much in his grasp, it will basically turn out to be a vaccination of sorts.
The virus will have ZERO effect on someone like Novak, who is supremely fit and mentally strong. He would probably be asymptomatic. Even if he has symptoms there is literally a 99.999% chance of him not having anything worse than a regular hangover.
He should be back on court soon and back to winning slams and breaking records.

But yeah, overall it was careless by him. Putting yourself at risk is fine, but putting others is NOT. If someone were to be negatively impacted in the extreme, that would be unforgivable. And for someone as kind as Novak, he surely must be feeling terrible about what he did.
 

SQA333

Hall of Fame
Does Srdjan Djokovic run the bloody forum or what? Discussing the world number 1’s covid diagnosis is perfectly valid and the threads should not be deleted just because some fan boys are hurt.
 

SQA333

Hall of Fame
The virus will have ZERO effect on someone like Novak, who is supremely fit and mentally strong. He would probably be asymptomatic. Even if he has symptoms there is literally a 99.999% chance of him not having anything worse than a regular hangover.
He should be back on court soon and back to winning slams and breaking records.

But yeah, overall it was careless by him. Putting yourself at risk is fine, but putting others is NOT. If someone were to be negatively impacted in the extreme, that would be unforgivable. And for someone as kind as Novak, he surely must be feeling terrible about what he did.
Then again Grigor is also extremely fit and he looked like a corpse in his match with Coric. Definitely not asymptomatic.
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
It's very sad what happened. Nole underestimated the seriousness of the situation, apparently thinking that coronavirus no longer posed such a threat as in previous months, his mistaken impression was also assured it, that Serbia and Croatia were little affected by coronavirus compared to other countries. He wanted to organize the exhibition event in a positive atmosphere, as a meeting of friends after several months of separation. The event went as if there was no corona, participants and local spectators wanted to for a while forget about the corona, its real and media side.
Regulations in Serbia and Croatia didn't force Nole to comply with strict safety measures, these regulations were created for local people, not for sports events with foreign athletes.

Nole deserves criticism for her carelessness, foolishness, but not the lynch! The proposals to ban Nole from the tour are disgusting and mostly motivated by hatred to Djoker.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
so is hopes of Novak ever catching Roger's record in the black hole. he caught something else instead. now his chances of winning US open or French is in the dust this year. he will likely become more ill in coming weeks and he will be too weak to compete in September. better just train for 2021.
 

TripleATeam

Legend
so is hopes of Novak ever catching Roger's record in the black hole. he caught something else instead. now his chances of winning US open or French is in the dust this year. he will likely become more ill in coming weeks and he will be too weak to compete in September. better just train for 2021.
Not at all. It's June. It'll be July by the time he's better. Then he just trains for a couple months. Not impossible, especially when you consider that he's already been training. Just as long as he isn't stuffing himself with junk food and lounging around the next two weeks, he'll be fine.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
Not at all. It's June. It'll be July by the time he's better. Then he just trains for a couple months. Not impossible, especially when you consider that he's already been training. Just as long as he isn't stuffing himself with junk food and lounging around the next two weeks, he'll be fine.
Yeah, chances are he'll be fine. Hopefully he is keeping himself isolated and following actual medical advice instead of new-age quackery
 
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