Tsitsipas comments on Djokovic

Street

Semi-Pro

In this interview, when asked about Djokovic saying that he developed thick skin over the years, Tsitsipas seems to criticize Djokovic for being "unauthentic". He didn't mention him by name, but it seems pretty obvious from the context.
 

Street

Semi-Pro
Novak Djokovic said the other day that over the years he has developed a “thick skin” and can withstand criticism. On the occasion of the comments that were made about you recently, have you also developed a “thick skin” or do you intend to censor yourself in the future?
“I have no reason to develop a thick skin. I’m authentic, I think people understand that. I don’t try to pretend or do something that does not express me and is not part of my personality. There are players who have been criticised for that and I don’t think it’s unfair, especially when it comes from a large part of the audience. I believe people want honesty…”.
 

CYGS

Legend

In this interview, when asked about Djokovic saying that he developed thick skin over the years, Tsitsipas seems to criticize Djokovic for being "unauthentic". He didn't mention him by name, but it seems pretty obvious from the context.
Cringe
 

Street

Semi-Pro
He has a right to his opinion. He was talking only about himself and not about Novak. The interviewer inserted Novak in there to gain some controversy and its OP's opinion that he is criticizing Nole. Citybus is being dragged into the troll wars when nothing untoward was being said
I don't have an agenda. I'm not a supporter of any individual big 3 player, i like all of them and I believe they elevated this sport. I said that he didn't mention a name but he said that there are players that have been criticised for unauthenticity by a large part of the audience. It is not too hard to draw conclusions who might that refer to. Personally, i don't believe Djokovic is fake or any member of the big 3 for that matter.
 

Arak

Legend
I don't have an agenda. I'm not a supporter of any of individual big 3 player, i like all of them and I believe they elevated this sport. I said that he didn't mention a name but he said that there are players that have been criticised for unauthenticity by a large part of the audience. It is not too hard to draw conclusions who might that refer to. Personally, i don't believe Djokovic is fake or any member of the big 3 for that matter.
I believe Djokovic is fake, but Tsitsipas is genuinely weird.
 

pj80

Legend
I don't have an agenda. I'm not a supporter of any individual big 3 player, i like all of them and I believe they elevated this sport. I said that he didn't mention a name but he said that there are players that have been criticised for unauthenticity by a large part of the audience. It is not too hard to draw conclusions who might that refer to. Personally, i don't believe Djokovic is fake or any member of the big 3 for that matter.
he also said....which could be about Rafa always giving same answers?
“Thank you for mentioning it, because I was thinking about it recently. For me, at some point diplomacy becomes ridiculous. To respond in a disingenuous way, just so you look perfect in the eyes of others, is not something that appeals to me. If I am to say something that I feel very strongly about, I will do so without filtering my thoughts. Such a thing happened recently on Twitter and I don’t regret that. I believe that expressing an idea or opinion is always for the best, although it may make things hard and create conflict with other people. I do not pay any mind to it, I have said before that the way some people react is funny to me, because my intentions are good and I’m not trying to antagonise anyone. For me, being authentic is very important. Many athletes in recent years have taken diplomacy to an outrageous level and it has started to get boring. It’s always the same answers, the same headlines. The field must remain interesting, there must be some moments of truth.”
 

CYGS

Legend
I don't have an agenda. I'm not a supporter of any individual big 3 player, i like all of them and I believe they elevated this sport. I said that he didn't mention a name but he said that there are players that have been criticised for unauthenticity by a large part of the audience. It is not too hard to draw conclusions who might that refer to. Personally, i don't believe Djokovic is fake or any member of the big 3 for that matter.
So you are just a gossipy messenger who likes to stir things?
 

Jai

Professional

In this interview, when asked about Djokovic saying that he developed thick skin over the years, Tsitsipas seems to criticize Djokovic for being "unauthentic". He didn't mention him by name, but it seems pretty obvious from the context.

I think you've really misread the context of that question and reply. The question talks about Novak saying he developed a thick skin, precisely for voicing his opinions candidly and openly, without trying to be disingenuous. If anything, Tsitsipas' subsequent reply could be taken as agreeing with that stance, rather than taking a dig at Novak. Not that it matters anyway, these kind of talk show type questions have limited relevance, it's better not try to read hidden meanings into the answers.
 

Street

Semi-Pro
he also said....which could be about Rafa always giving same answers?
“Thank you for mentioning it, because I was thinking about it recently. For me, at some point diplomacy becomes ridiculous. To respond in a disingenuous way, just so you look perfect in the eyes of others, is not something that appeals to me. If I am to say something that I feel very strongly about, I will do so without filtering my thoughts. Such a thing happened recently on Twitter and I don’t regret that. I believe that expressing an idea or opinion is always for the best, although it may make things hard and create conflict with other people. I do not pay any mind to it, I have said before that the way some people react is funny to me, because my intentions are good and I’m not trying to antagonise anyone. For me, being authentic is very important. Many athletes in recent years have taken diplomacy to an outrageous level and it has started to get boring. It’s always the same answers, the same headlines. The field must remain interesting, there must be some moments of truth.”
I doubt he was talking about nadal because he said that the person is criticized by a large part of the audience. That alone leaves you with kyrgios or djokovic. (literally no other option except maybe paire recently) Djokovic has been accused of being fake even though i personally don't agree with that.
 

Street

Semi-Pro
So you are just a gossipy messenger who likes to stir things?
Not really, i'm just linking an article. It has been posted on mtf and some other people came to the same conclusion. I may be wrong in my interpretation though. It is up to you to decide.
 

pj80

Legend
I doubt he was talking about nadal because he said that the person is criticized by a large part of the audience. That alone leaves you with kyrgios or djokovic. (literally no other option except maybe paire recently) Djokovic has been accused of being fake even though i personally don't agree with that.
aw well, it is what it is
 
Tsitsipas is asked a question that includes the name Djokovic, proceeds to describe him almost perfectly without saying his name and somehow folks are in denial lol. Face it. People are tired of Djokovic. Tsitsipas is a bit weird and all, but he may be finally using his mouth for something useful for once.
 

Street

Semi-Pro
yeah not sure, tsitsipas used to say nice thing about novak when comparing the big 3. Maybe he changed his mind
It might be just an innocent comment which didn't have a specific player in mind. If he had a certain player in mind then it would probably refer to djokovic.
 

Forehanderer

Professional
I don't have an agenda. I'm not a supporter of any individual big 3 player, i like all of them and I believe they elevated this sport. I said that he didn't mention a name but he said that there are players that have been criticised for unauthenticity by a large part of the audience. It is not too hard to draw conclusions who might that refer to. Personally, i don't believe Djokovic is fake or any member of the big 3 for that matter.
Still its not a comment on Djokovic. His point is he wants to be authentic and its not unfair if some players get criticized for having "thick skin". He could just be referring to a whole lot of players who give PR responses or just give nothing to the media that can be used against them. First of all the whole premise of equating "thick skin" with being inauthentic is wrong. Also "its not unfair" doesn't really mean "its fair". Please understand the difference.
 

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
There are many things people criticize Djokovic for, but "being inauthentic" is probably not in the top 20. In fact the opposite.

"Perhaps he has little filter, and says whatever comes to mind; maybe not in the same way one would talk to a friend, but if he wants to say something, he says it, and that sometimes hurts his image." - Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

"I can perfectly understand how when he finds himself troubled, he likes to exteriorize his problems. He's hot-blooded, Balkan, he gets nervous. [...] He is a misunderstood idol. Should he really strive to be exemplary? He must do what he believes and feels. Nobody should act like a robot" - Alex Corretja
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster

In this interview, when asked about Djokovic saying that he developed thick skin over the years, Tsitsipas seems to criticize Djokovic for being "unauthentic". He didn't mention him by name, but it seems pretty obvious from the context.
“My goal is to create the best possible memories”
I’d like to forget having read this gibberish nonsense.
Unfortunately, I have memories of Greece having great thinkers.
 

N01E

Hall of Fame
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Swingmaster

Hall of Fame
I think Novak is more authentic than Federer or Nadal
It’s hard to judge authenticity, but I think a good way to tell is whether a person’s behavior is consistent. Nadal and Federer seem to have been pretty consistent throughout the years, whereas Djokovic...
 

Arak

Legend
Please bear in mind that philosophers are often misunderstood and that there are until today scholars who are still arguing about Aristotle and Socrates philosophies. The Greek philosopher Tsitsipas is no exception and centuries from now, his wisdom will be included in the curriculum of many universities and books will be written to explore its depth.
 

daphne

Hall of Fame
He has a right to his opinion. He was talking only about himself and not about Novak. The interviewer inserted Novak in there to gain some controversy and its OP's opinion that he is criticizing Nole. Citybus is being dragged into the troll wars when nothing untoward was being said
Spot on!
 

daphne

Hall of Fame
I think you've really misread the context of that question and reply. The question talks about Novak saying he developed a thick skin, precisely for voicing his opinions candidly and openly, without trying to be disingenuous. If anything, Tsitsipas' subsequent reply could be taken as agreeing with that stance, rather than taking a dig at Novak. Not that it matters anyway, these kind of talk show type questions have limited relevance, it's better not try to read hidden meanings into the answers.
This is called THINKING! Not reacting.
 

daphne

Hall of Fame
Tsitsipas is asked a question that includes the name Djokovic, proceeds to describe him almost perfectly without saying his name and somehow folks are in denial lol. Face it. People are tired of Djokovic. Tsitsipas is a bit weird and all, but he may be finally using his mouth for something useful for once.
I am not tired of Djok. I am delighted that he is smashing the records of fake peeps. And will be even more delighted if he continues to do so, which I believe he will. It will cause many PeopleChamps to cry, go nuts, attempt trolling BUT at the end of the day the GOAT's name will remain the same.

What is next? Miami? OK, 1000 more points, 37 titles 60 bigerer ones and yet more #1
 
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Deleted member 22147

Guest
Djokovic, over the years, has definitely tried too hard to be liked. Tsitsipas, on the other hand, seems to be taking that to another level.
 

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic, over the years, has definitely tried too hard to be liked. Tsitsipas, on the other hand, seems to be taking that to another level.
It's kinda jarring to go from "I'm authentic" to "it comes from a large part of the audience, people want X" in consecutive sentences.

consistency is not this tsicrates' strong suit, it seems
 
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Deleted member 22147

Guest
It's kinda jarring to go from "I'm authentic" to "it comes from a large part of the audience, people want X" in consecutive sentences.

consistency is not this tsicrates' strong suit, it seems

Completely paradoxical. The guy's a weapon.
 
He didn't say anything bad about Djokovic, and his interview is not that bad, people need to chill about Tsitsipas's personality, I don't see how he is as fake and awful as some are saying, I don't think he's unbearable anymore
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
He didn't say anything bad about Djokovic, and his interview is not that bad, people need to chill about Tsitsipas's personality, I don't see how he is as fake and awful as some are saying, I don't think he's unbearable anymore
Anymore? So when did you think he was? :p
 

itrium84

Hall of Fame

In this interview, when asked about Djokovic saying that he developed thick skin over the years, Tsitsipas seems to criticize Djokovic for being "unauthentic". He didn't mention him by name, but it seems pretty obvious from the context.
I like your username :)
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Tsitsipas and Djokovic are actually pretty similar with their stage, fanboy fathers.
When has **********’ daddy ever trashed either Roger or Rafa? There’s no comparison between the two. Djoker’s daddy is a mentally ill narcissist and complete a-hole.
 

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
When has **********’ daddy ever trashed either Roger or Rafa? There’s no comparison between the two. Djoker’s daddy is a mentally ill narcissist and complete a-hole.

Fair enough, I just mean that Sr. Tsitsipas is omnipresent in the Tsitsipas box/camp which reminds me of how much Srdjan used to hover.
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
Fair enough, I just mean that Sr. Tsitsipas is omnipresent in the Tsitsipas box/camp which reminds me of how much Srdjan used to hover.
But unlike Srdjan, Stefanos' dad is actually still one of his coaches. So of course he's always going to be around.
 
Anymore? So when did you think he was? :p

After he said that Medvedev's game was boring at Shangai, when he almost hit his father with his racket at the ATP Cup, his behavior overall on the social media, on court, press conferences, the cringe philosophical quotes , I used to dislike him a lot around 2019. But recently after his loss against Coric at the USO I start to like him more, his game and and even his personality, I think he's a bit cringey and definitely not a philosopher, but not an hypocrite that much, maybe a bit narcissic due to all the hype and how quickly he became very famous (even if I don't feel he's that confident, I think he's pretty scared of ending like a wasted talent , like a Dimitrov or a Gasquet, maybe more than other young players).

Now I even secretly watch his YouTube videos lol, I would like to see other tennis players sharing a little bit of their travelings and experiences
 

eagletennis

Semi-Pro
This is not smart. You will definitely become more numb to criticism more you get it. Yes Novak can be phoney and I say that as his fan but he definitely reacting much better to outside pressure than at the start of his career
 
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