Novak Djokovic has attacked his critics following his disastrous Adria Tour which has been one of the one of the major topics of discussion in recent weeks on the tennis front.
None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I'm coming from. I'm trying to hold them accountable. Nick Kyrgios
Speaking to the Serbian newspaper, Sportski Zurnal, he complained: “I can only see criticism lately and much of it is malicious. It’s obviously more than just criticism — it’s like an agenda and a witch-hunt are on. Someone has to take the fall, a big name.”
One of his biggest critics has been Nick Kyrgios who has not been slow in expressing his displeasure at the players who violated the safety protocols and subsequently tested positive for coronavirus.
In his latest missive, the controversial Aussie targeted Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, questioning whether they have the “intellectual level” to understand the problems he has with their behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kyrgios was responding to a Thiem tweet which had questioned the Aussie’s right to ‘interfere’ when Zverev was out partying when he German had promised to self-isolate for a fortnight.
“Kyrgios did a lot of mistakes himself. It would be better for him to come clean instead of criticising others,” Thiem said and believed it was bad luck that Zverev had been ‘caught’.
“What are you talking about @ThiemDomi? Mistakes like smashing rackets (sic)? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does?” Kyrgios blasted back. “None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.”
Six minutes later, Kyrgios turned his attention to Djokovic and Zverev.
“This just shows what a joke @ThiemDomi, @AlexZverev & @DjokerNole think this is,” he added.
“Two of them partying like potato’s (sic) during a global pandemic. People losing lives, loved ones and friends, and then Thiem standing up for the ‘mistake’.
“These guys are the ‘top’ of our sport. SMH [shaking my head].”
Meanwhile, Zverev, who was due to play in a Berlin exhibition next week, has not surprisingly, withdrawn for earlier in the day the tournament director was considering banning him for his misguided party excursion.
“I was planning this month to play in Berlin, but I have made the decision to stay put and train with my team and not play any tournaments at the moment,” Zverev, ranked seventh, wrote on social media.
“It’s never nice to miss the chance to play at home, but I will be back soon,” he added while revealing that ex-pro David Ferrer has joined his coaching team on a trial basis.
Notwithstanding his problems, Djokovic is clearly working hard to regain some credibility, saying he’s ‘learned a lesson’.
“My intention was pure. I was whole-heartedly committed to organizing a humanitarian event to help players and tennis federations in the [Balkan] region. We complied with all the laws and regulations. But we’ve learned our lessons and some things could have probably been done in a different way.”
As o his future programme he, like rival Rafa Nadal, has declared he will play Madrid, Rome and the French Open and consequently avoiding the short American season including the US Open.
With Roger Federer side-lined recuperating from knee operations, it looks vey much like Flushing Meadows will be held without the ‘Big Three’ and sans the top two in the world.