Djokovic has lengthy been disliked by many, not helped by him staging a match throughout tennis’ pandemic lockdown and his anti-vaccination stance.
But it surely reached fever pitch when a letter he wrote to Australian Open director tournament director Craig Tilley in January leaked. Within the letter, he had requested for a shorter quarantine for gamers and entry to observe courts for these caught in exhausting lockdown in Melbourne.
“Perhaps they [Djokovic’s support team] have been following once I was not with them, the information and stuff like this, getting concerned and speculating, discussing, having conversations between us about what somebody stated within the media or no matter,” Djokovic stated.
“I do know that’s fully pointless for me. It did come to me. I imply, typically it’s actually tough to keep away from it in a manner. I imply, a number of the issues that some folks say, in fact, it does come throughout right here and there whenever you’re watching a tennis match, commentary, somebody mentions it, no matter. Ultimately or one other it involves you.
“On the finish of the day everybody who has the stage has the precise to say what they need to say. It’s a matter on my aspect whether or not I’m going to react or not, by which manner I’m going to react. I didn’t permit it to hinder my efficiency. I believe successful the trophy is in a manner my reply.”
In the meantime, Djokovic indicated a significant change to his strategy to the tennis tour with the 33-year-old saying he was going to begin caring much less in regards to the No.1 rating, thus enjoying fewer tournaments in between grand slams.
This may additionally give him a greater likelihood of ending his profession with probably the most slams. He’s at the moment on 18 behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who’re each on 20.
It is going to additionally permit him to spend extra time along with his spouse and youngsters. Djokovic turned emotional when requested if he missed his household whereas he was on the street.
“Now, after attaining the historic No.1 for the longest weeks at No.1, it’s going to be a aid for me as a result of I’m going to focus all my consideration on slams principally. If you end up going for No.1 rankings, you form of need to be enjoying your entire season and it’s a must to be enjoying nicely, it’s a must to play all of the tournaments,” he stated.
“My objectives will adapt and can shift a bit of bit, which implies that I should alter additionally my calendar – not need to, however I’ll have a possibility to do this which, as a father and a husband, I’m actually trying ahead to that. Judging by what we’re seeing world wide, having household on the street with me will likely be a really tough job.
“I haven’t made any dedication [to play] really after Australia.”
Anthony is a sports activities reporter at The Age.