Novak Djokovic should not have skipped the press conference

merwy

G.O.A.T.
https://www.news24.com/sport/tennis/usopen/djokovic-snubs-press-conference-before-later-apologising-for-us-open-disqualification-20200907

(...)Djokovic shook hands with his opponent before leaving the court without appearing to shake the umpire's hand. He went then directly to his car and left the Flushing Meadows site in New York without speaking to reporters. Djokovic, 33, later posted an apology on Instagram saying that he was "so sorry". (...)
Hitting the lineswoman was one thing, but that was obviously an accident. But afterwards he should've handled the situation responsibly. Did he forget that he was the president of the ATP players' council? And he wants to start a player association of his own now? Well, isn't this a good start. Dude messes up on court and immediately runs away without facing the journalists. Then his PR team tries to salvage what is left of his image by posting something on his instagram.

Honestly, this is what disappointed me most about what has happened yesterday.

PS: The article probably doesn't know that you're not allowed to shake hands with anyone right now.
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
https://www.news24.com/sport/tennis/usopen/djokovic-snubs-press-conference-before-later-apologising-for-us-open-disqualification-20200907



Hitting the lineswoman was one thing, but that was obviously an accident. But afterwards he should've handled the situation responsibly. Did he forget that he was the president of the ATP players' council? And he wants to start a player association of his own now? Well, isn't this a good start. Dude messes up on court and immediately runs away without facing the journalists. Then his PR team tries to salvage what is left of his image by posting something on his instagram.

Honestly, this is what disappointed me most about what has happened yesterday.

PS: The article probably doesn't know that you're not allowed to shake hands with anyone right now.
Agreed about the presser. Not a good look. He should have stayed and taken his lumps. But I don’t know if I would have. He was probably devastated.

Not saying that’s an excuse - just reality.

He went to shake hands w the ump but was quickly rebuffed re Covid.
 

Fedforever

Hall of Fame
He was right to skip the presser. What happened was bad enough, why should be be interrogated about it whilst emotions are raw.

It's like making Grand Slam losing Finalists give speeches - we never question this stuff but it's quite a recent innovation - not sure exactly when this started but people weren't doing it in the eighties.
 
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NonP

Hall of Fame
He was right to skip the presser. What happened was bad enough, why he should be be interrogated about it whilst emotions are raw.

It's like making Grand Slam losing Finalists give speeches - we never question this stuff but it's quite a recent innovation - not sure exactly when this started but people weren't doing it int he eighties.
Yes, it's quite revealing that most tennis "fans" have been conditioned to expect corporate routines even when they're best avoided. Maybe we should cut the younger ones some slack for their lack of mature/historical perspective, but then pretty much all of Novak's most vociferous detractors would have you think they would've behaved like a perfect PR machine under similar circumstances. Who are we to question them and their motives?
 

daggerman

Professional
I'm not quite understanding why apologizing via prepared statement in front of the press is better than apologizing via prepared statement online.

The press is useful inasmuch as it is a vehicle through which information is disseminated, but if an individual already has a broad reach and can disseminate (the same) information through other means, the press is reduced to superfluous middleman. Clearly the press is necessary in general, but this is not one of their essential uses. It's not necessary that they impel a public burning at the stake of an individual who committed an action that was, in the grand scheme of things, pretty harmless.

Novak's actions cost him a lot. His entry in the tournament, prize money, his best opportunity to win a slam, his reputation, rankings points, etc. If he ends up retiring one slam short of the all-time record, imagine how this event will sit with him for the rest of his life. And to be clear, I think he deserved to lose out on all these things. But given that he did issue a public (and private) apology, I'm not sure why subjecting himself to Ben Rothenberg's brand of snarky, slanted questioning is an additional burden he's required to take on.
 

citybert

Hall of Fame
He released a statement. The presser would have been the same question over and over. Press conferences are for the matches, not even a set was completed. I think it is fine. He is gonna be butthurt for a while and be a meme for eternity
 

Lebsta

Rookie
I'm not quite understanding why apologizing via prepared statement in front of the press is better than apologizing via prepared statement online.

The press is useful inasmuch as it is a vehicle through which information is disseminated, but if an individual already has a broad reach and can disseminate (the same) information through other means, the press is reduced to superfluous middleman. Clearly the press is necessary in general, but this is not one of their essential uses. It's not necessary that they impel a public burning at the stake of an individual who committed an action that was, in the grand scheme of things, pretty harmless.

Novak's actions cost him a lot. His entry in the tournament, prize money, his best opportunity to win a slam, his reputation, rankings points, etc. If he ends up retiring one slam short of the all-time record, imagine how this event will sit with him for the rest of his life. And to be clear, I think he deserved to lose out on all these things. But given that he did issue a public (and private) apology, I'm not sure why subjecting himself to Ben Rothenberg's brand of snarky, slanted questioning is an additional burden he's required to take on.
As the world's current top player, it would've been more appropriate to come out and just quickly acknowledge it was accidental and show some remorse over it. Not asking for a full 1 hour confession but just out of respect just publicly show he's sorry. This would've actually enhanced his reputation and image and silenced the haters and trolls. Not showing just gives everyone more ammunition to attack him. It looks cowardly from the outside.
 

40L0VE

Semi-Pro
The media being what is it will get him in Paris assuming the FO goes ahead and he attends his mandatory press interviews. The more he avoids speaking to the press the juicier the story becomes for the tabloid journos. Eventually they'll catch up to him to get their 'interview'.
 

mental midget

Hall of Fame
not that this is an 'excuse' per se but i wonder if the lack of crowds, general weirdness due to covid etc contributed to novak's sudden departure, almost like a 'well i participated in this experiment but i'm outta here'...can't imagine it felt like business as usual, precisely.
 

kingcheetah

Hall of Fame
https://www.news24.com/sport/tennis/usopen/djokovic-snubs-press-conference-before-later-apologising-for-us-open-disqualification-20200907



Hitting the lineswoman was one thing, but that was obviously an accident. But afterwards he should've handled the situation responsibly. Did he forget that he was the president of the ATP players' council? And he wants to start a player association of his own now? Well, isn't this a good start. Dude messes up on court and immediately runs away without facing the journalists. Then his PR team tries to salvage what is left of his image by posting something on his instagram.

Honestly, this is what disappointed me most about what has happened yesterday.

PS: The article probably doesn't know that you're not allowed to shake hands with anyone right now.

I totally agree. The fact that he was arguing over the consequence in a tremendously arrogant way was disappointing too. Any PR team can make an instagram post. Novak was immature and then hoped that arrogance and career achievements would get him out of standard consequences.
 
I think his PR team advised him against it. I said it before but it’s human nature to defend yourself, so one slip up and the media would ruin him.
No way. I have my own PR firm. The advice would have been to take questions AFTER reading a set statement where you just own up to it. "I think we all know why I'm here and not playing right now. I made a mistake. A stupid one that I know better than. It's going to make me sick for quite some time but right now I'm more concerned about the linesperson and her health. I'm going to check-in with her as soon as possible to make sure she's okay and to see how I can help--I can promise you that. But bottom line, my frustration got the best out of me and an act I've performed a billion times before, hitting the ball back to the ball kids, went awry as a result. Totally avoidable and I take full responsibility." That's it.

Given the timeline, I don't think he spoke with a PR rep at all. There was 15-20 minutes from him leaving the court to him bouncing out in his Tesla.
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
If I recall rightly he was subjected to a death threat from some nutter and his team informed him of this after the match so he decided to leave the stadium immediately.
So there were death threats in both cases, then? o_O

Only difference being who they were directed against, of course...
 

Fabresque

Hall of Fame
No way. I have my own PR firm. The advice would have been to take questions AFTER reading a set statement where you just own up to it. "I think we all know why I'm here and not playing right now. I made a mistake. A stupid one that I know better than. It's going to make me sick for quite some time but right now I'm more concerned about the linesperson and her health. I'm going to check-in with her as soon as possible to make sure she's okay and to see how I can help--I can promise you that. But bottom line, my frustration got the best out of me and an act I've performed a billion times before, hitting the ball back to the ball kids, went awry as a result. Totally avoidable and I take full responsibility." That's it.

Given the timeline, I don't think he spoke with a PR rep at all. There was 15-20 minutes from him leaving the court to him bouncing out in his Tesla.
Cool, does your PR firm operate Djokovic’s own PR?
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Leave it to the press to make a big deal of someone not wanting to spend time with the press. I don't blame Djokovic a bit for taking off. Moronic questions from reporters trying to make him feel worse than he already did. If you can avoid it, by all means do. Was there anything to actually be learned from such a press interview? I doubt it.
 

Shu-Pak

New User
high emotions, potential of lost slam....I say he did the right thing skipping the press conference. Nothing he said either way would be good. He apologized to the lines woman right after he hit her, made sure she was ok and then pleaded his case to keep playing but got kicked out. He doesn't need to explain anything else. Go home, cool off and address the press later.
I don't blame him. We will hear from him soon enough I'm sure.
 

lim

Semi-Pro
Yea..no..definitely would not have been a good idea given that he was fuming. We already saw what happened when his conversation with the umpire was leaked. The less he said the better. Anything he said would have somehow been used against him
 

duaneeo

Hall of Fame
Of course it was Djokovic's prerogative, but I think it would've been best to face the press to apologize to the line judge over what was clearly a mistake, and to express that while he understood and accepted the disqualification, he disagreed with the decision.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
Leave it to the press to make a big deal of someone not wanting to spend time with the press. I don't blame Djokovic a bit for taking off. Moronic questions from reporters trying to make him feel worse than he already did. If you can avoid it, by all means do. Was there anything to actually be learned from such a press interview? I doubt it.
That is true for any post match interview.

:cool:
 

Devtennis01

Hall of Fame
Interestingly though his skipping the press conference turned the conversation quickly to that and away from the actual default and all the stuff he said to the officials. So, wise move on his part.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Next stop for a little Caesar, as the Americans call him, is the conquest of Rome!

Yea..no..definitely would not have been a good idea given that he was fuming. We already saw what happened when his conversation with the umpire was leaked. The less he said the better. Anything he said would have somehow been used against him
 

Tennease

Legend
https://www.news24.com/sport/tennis/usopen/djokovic-snubs-press-conference-before-later-apologising-for-us-open-disqualification-20200907



Hitting the lineswoman was one thing, but that was obviously an accident. But afterwards he should've handled the situation responsibly. Did he forget that he was the president of the ATP players' council? And he wants to start a player association of his own now? Well, isn't this a good start. Dude messes up on court and immediately runs away without facing the journalists. Then his PR team tries to salvage what is left of his image by posting something on his instagram.

Honestly, this is what disappointed me most about what has happened yesterday.

PS: The article probably doesn't know that you're not allowed to shake hands with anyone right now.
Daniela Hantuchova also said Djokovic should not skip press conference:

https://au.sports.yahoo.com/us-open-tennis-novak-djokovic-default-daniela-hantuchova-anger-assessment-005552344.html

'Out of control': Explosive new details about Novak Djokovic anger issues
Andrew Reid
Yahoo Sport Australia9 September 2020, 10:25 am


A former tennis star and close friend of Novak Djokovic has given a "fascinating" insight into the World No.1's anger management issues.

Daniela Hantuchova offered her take on the Serbian star's US Open disqualification that has been the talk of the tennis world this week.

The Slovakian former World No.5 is good friends with Djokovic and his wife Jelena, and is also very tight with the Serb's coach Marian Vajda, who is also Slovakian.

However, that relationship with Team Djokovic didn't stop the 37-year-old from offering a frank assessment of the 17-time grand slam champions’s actions during the now infamous line judge incident.

Speaking on Amazon Prime UK’s broadcast of the New York grand slam, Hantuchova suggested Djokovic's explosion was a long time coming because he has problems dealing with anger resolution.

“It feels like sometimes the anger comes out of control,” Hantuchova said.

“I care so much about him and respect everything he is doing for our game, but I just hope there is a lesson to be learned, even if this one came at the worst possible time, where pretty much the only thing standing between him and an 18th grand slam title was himself, with all my respect to the other players.”

Hantuchova also criticised Djokovic about his roles in the ill-fated Adria Tour and formation of the breakaway tennis body, during a period of global uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

“So many times he has the right intentions, it’s just with the timing he’s not getting it right, like the Adria Tour,” Hantuchova said.

“There’s no problem with running an exhibition tour like that, just not when the whole world stops. Same with the ATP stuff. Sure things need to change, but not right now.”

The brutally honest assessment left Hantuchova's peers stunned, with fellow Amazon broadcaster Catherine Whitaker praising the honesty of Djokovic's close friend.

“When she reeled it all off for me I was so taken aback because, as you say she does have a relationship with Novak Djokovic. She’s very close to his coach Marian Vajda, he’s a fellow Slovakian, and she has a relationship also with Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena,” Whitaker said on The Tennis Podcast.

“She thinks a lot of them and understands them (Djokovic’s family and friends).

Hantuchova pulls no punches
“She understands every bit of that (his upbringing) and the significance of it in his psyche, potentially.

“But having said all of that, she was pulling no punches with regards to how she saw the incident. She said this has been a very long time coming and she said he has an anger problem and he needs to seek some sort of anger management help.

“She said it’s entirely normal for tennis players to have difficulty controlling their emotions and holding back feelings of anger on a tennis court.

“She said Roger Federer had that … he was a total hot-head until he was 18, 19, maybe even a little bit older and he recognised that was not viable if he wanted to be everything that he could be.

“She had absolutely no clemency at all for his failure to front up afterwards. She said that’s cowardice, that’s the opposite of leadership and he should be ashamed of himself.”

BBC commentator David Law said while Hantuchova’s remarks might seem harsh on Djokovic, they come from a place of love.

“It really made me think about things in a slightly different way, particularly Daniela Hantuchova,” Law told The Tennis Podcast.

“I found her contributions just really fascinating, I think partly because I know she knows Novak Djokovic pretty well and certainly is very well known to Marian Vajda — they get on well, don’t they.

“I found Daniela’s view on all of that really something to behold and I wasn’t expecting it either.

“I feel like it’s those kinds of conversations that Novak Djokovic would love to take to heart, really, because she’s certainly not out to get him, not in any way. She wants what’s best for him, I’m sure of that.”
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
This is bull-st.
In football, red-carded player is accompanied out of the stadium immediately, not even allowed to go to the lock room.
In tennis, a player DQed and ripped off everything related to the tournament should stay and chat with the press?
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
And the Head of the BBC has severely criticised and now banned this kind of partisan editorialising in social media:

BBC commentator David Law said while Hantuchova’s remarks might seem harsh on Djokovic, they come from a place of love.
 

xFedal

Legend
I would have done the same thing if I was disqualified as well. They stripped his prize money and points .
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
I'm not quite understanding why apologizing via prepared statement in front of the press is better than apologizing via prepared statement online.

The press is useful inasmuch as it is a vehicle through which information is disseminated, but if an individual already has a broad reach and can disseminate (the same) information through other means, the press is reduced to superfluous middleman. Clearly the press is necessary in general, but this is not one of their essential uses. It's not necessary that they impel a public burning at the stake of an individual who committed an action that was, in the grand scheme of things, pretty harmless.

Novak's actions cost him a lot. His entry in the tournament, prize money, his best opportunity to win a slam, his reputation, rankings points, etc. If he ends up retiring one slam short of the all-time record, imagine how this event will sit with him for the rest of his life. And to be clear, I think he deserved to lose out on all these things. But given that he did issue a public (and private) apology, I'm not sure why subjecting himself to Ben Rothenberg's brand of snarky, slanted questioning is an additional burden he's required to take on.
Skipping Ben was maybe the cheapest 20k fine Novak ever paid.
 

blablavla

Legend
This is bull-st.
In football, red-carded player is accompanied out of the stadium immediately, not even allowed to go to the lock room.
In tennis, a player DQed and ripped off everything related to the tournament should stay and chat with the press?
interesting.
when it comes to prize money and money distribution, many rush to shout that tennis is individual sport and should NOT be compared to team sports.
now when it comes to Novak missing the presser, all of a sudden we look at football and learn from there.

OK, let's ignore the fact that in football players are not expected to attend press conferences.
This is the duty of the coaches, and the outcome of the match doesn't change this duty: whether it is a tie, or whether one team won and one lost, both coaches are expected to attend the press conference.
Players might talk as well to the press in the mixed area, but if they don't want to, there is no official punishment for this.

So how is the red-carded football player is similar to Novak in this situation?
 

VarmasPermo

Semi-Pro
Press conference:

Q: How do you feel right now Novak?
A: You guys are unbelievable.
Q: Why did you hit that lines woman on the throat Novak?
A: STFU man.
Q: What did you say to the tournament referee ?
A: None of your business.
Q: As a world number one and the leader of players organization, do you think you are setting a good example?
A: Of course.
Q: Why did you take MTO in the middle of a game?
A: I dislocated my shoulder and I needed a breather.
Q: You seemed to be playing all right after that
A: My positive thinking healed my shoulder in a second.
Q: Do you think your positive thinking can alter your anger?
A: It's not possible. My brain is overloaded with positive thinking and the anger is a side effect of that. Too much positivity can make your brain hot.
Q: You think icing it will help?
A: Ice is not good for your body, it will stop your blood flow. That's why I always drink room temperature water.
Q: But your friend Wim Hof the Iceman use ice as therapy.
A: He's ice man. I'm the hit man.
Q: How did you and your wife recover from covid so quickly at the same time?
A: It's a hoax and a witch hunt
Q: Are you going to party in a nightclub tonight?
A: Yes.
Q: Do you hate ATP?
A: With all my heart and soul.
Q: Do you realize that you've just broken Tomic's record at the US Open?
A: Amazing.
 
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SonnyT

Hall of Fame
I agree completely. This should be a learning experience for him!

After excruciating losses, LeBron James and Tom Brady, among many other greats, sit there and answer the reporters' questions. The greats do it not only after victories, they do it under any circumstances. Djokovic will have to answer those questions sooner or later, anyway.
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
In a mental state, in what Nole must have been in shortly after disqualification, a press conference would be a suffering for him. I understand and agree with his position. He has issued a statement on social networks and that is enough.
 

wangs78

Hall of Fame
https://www.news24.com/sport/tennis/usopen/djokovic-snubs-press-conference-before-later-apologising-for-us-open-disqualification-20200907



Hitting the lineswoman was one thing, but that was obviously an accident. But afterwards he should've handled the situation responsibly. Did he forget that he was the president of the ATP players' council? And he wants to start a player association of his own now? Well, isn't this a good start. Dude messes up on court and immediately runs away without facing the journalists. Then his PR team tries to salvage what is left of his image by posting something on his instagram.

Honestly, this is what disappointed me most about what has happened yesterday.

PS: The article probably doesn't know that you're not allowed to shake hands with anyone right now.
He was devastated from the DQ. He was playing well and was the odd’s on favorite to win the tournament to get him closer to the Slam record. Other players have skipped pressers for less and not gotten much hate for it. And let’s not tie together a player’s obligation to attend the presser to his role in the players union. The two are two different things.
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
In a mental state, in what Nole must have been in shortly after disqualification, a press conference would be a suffering for him. I understand and agree with his position. He has issued a statement on social networks and that is enough.
It would be not just a suffering but he was probably furious and there was a good chance he would degrade his image even more there, cause we know how he act in press conferences. He is responsible for what happen, he should have gone to meet the journalists instead of childishly rushing off(or cowardly, as Navratilova put it).
 

blablavla

Legend
He was devastated from the DQ. He was playing well and was the odd’s on favorite to win the tournament to get him closer to the Slam record. Other players have skipped pressers for less and not gotten much hate for it. And let’s not tie together a player’s obligation to attend the presser to his role in the players union. The two are two different things.
someone who wants to be the leader can't follow "other" players.
a leader must be an example.
so, yeah, these are "two different things". where an average "mug" might get a pass, Novak won't as long as he wants to be the leader.
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
Leave it to the press to make a big deal of someone not wanting to spend time with the press. I don't blame Djokovic a bit for taking off. Moronic questions from reporters trying to make him feel worse than he already did. If you can avoid it, by all means do. Was there anything to actually be learned from such a press interview? I doubt it.
bingo

the media are a pack of wolves. say what you're gonna say directly on twitter and bypass them
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
You seem to be obsessed with the concept of leadership. It's an association and the de facto running of it will initially be under Pospisil. Given Djokovic will retire, the baton will then be passed.

The association will go nowhere if it is presided over by a cult of personality.

someone who wants to be the leader can't follow "other" players.
a leader must be an example.
so, yeah, these are "two different things". where an average "mug" might get a pass, Novak won't as long as he wants to be the leader.
 

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
Are you kidding?! After that fiasco...losing points and money, he doesn't owe the USO press a damn thing.
 

blablavla

Legend
Are you kidding?! After that fiasco...losing points and money, he doesn't owe the USO press a damn thing.
there are rule and commitments.
and then there is an expectation from the #1 ranked player
and then Novak apparently wants to be liked
and then Novak apparently wants to be a leader

so, where NK might get a pass, cause what should you expect from him, Novak won't.
 
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