Novak Djokovic’s early 2020 was literally a dream. The victory for his country at the ATP Cup, the Grand Slam wins at the Australian Open and a phenomenal roadmap between January and February. After several months no one would have ever expected that this 2020, for Novak Djokovic, would then turn into a nightmare year.
Let’s be clear, a year with a Grand Slam title is never to be thrown away and the record numbers with 26 consecutive victories show the excellence of the Serbian champion, but he has attracted, sometimes through declarations and sometimes through questionable gestures, the dislikes of a good slice of the tennis people and indeed let’s face it clearly, without his fans the tennis world has less and less sympathizers of Djokovic..
The controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic arose during the pandemic period when there was forced isolation in several European countries. The Serbian champion delighted in making direct Instagram with various characters, many tennis players and among others a much discussed character, Chervin Jafarieh.
Many anomalous theories of this sort of guru who spoke of the Pandemic as an exciting time to live. The direct one was a hole in the water for lovers of controversy but it represented only the beginning of a rather complicated period for Djokovic.
The Adria Tour and the controversy about his father
A few weeks after the forced isolation, the world number one took care of the organization of the Adria Tour, the first exhibition tournament that also included the public in the stands of the races.
From the beginning this choice seemed somewhat questionable, especially for us in Italy and seeing some of the world’s top 10 in the field with thousands of people outside watching without following any safety protocol left us perplexed.
Seeing Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Thiem and other tennis players in one of those same evenings wriggling in pyrotechnic dances without a shirt again led the Serbian to receive harsh criticism. A few days after that questionable evening the news of the positivity of Grigor Dimitrov came out, the first of many tennis players and Novak Djokovic himself tested positive by taking part in a sort of small “hotbed” present at the Adria Tour.
After this episode, the Serbian apologized on social media for what happened, stating that he may have underestimated this whole situation. Once the controversy seemed to fade around Novak Djokovic, his father Srdjan decided to reopen old wounds by attacking Roger Federer, the idol of millions of fans and bringing new “useless” criticisms of Novak.
Statements like Roger Federer is 40 years old and finished or like For Federer we are at the end, now he is just a normal tennis player, are phrases that have attracted new sporting hatred towards the Serbian and have in fact increased the number of opponents of the current number one in the world.
Back to tennis, the situation seemed to return to normal with Novak who did not lose the verve of the beginning of the season and won the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati without particular problems. Here at the US Open Novak Djokovic had the great chance to shorten Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Slam race and try to make everyone forget all the recent events of the past and instead the umpteenth naivete costs really dear to the Balkan champion and renew the controversy around him and this cursed 2020.
Now the last call of the Serbian this year is Roland Garros where Novak Djokovic will challenge the host Rafael Nadal to try to break the curse of this 2020 to be forgotten.