With the French Open starting at the end of the month, the No. 1 in the world still has the opportunity to increase his time during this cut season – but has the Serb tarnished his reputation?
Seven-time grand slam champion John McEnroe, who was famous for his explosions on the pitch, believes the incident will have an impact.
“I did not say he could not recover,” McEnroe added. “If he embraces this role, I think he could recover completely. He is chasing history, he is trying to pass Rafa. [Nadal] and Roger [Federer].
“He’s younger, we all know that. He has a lot of things for him, but this is obviously a stain that he can’t erase, whether he likes it or not.”
Djokovic left Flushing Meadows without speaking to the media, but apologized on his Instagram account, saying he was “very sorry she was so upset.”
McEnroe knows all too well how difficult it is to tarnish the “bad boy” reputation in tennis and surprises someone with as much experience as Djokovic would make such a mistake.
“Just when you think something crazier could not happen [in 2020]”It’s happening,” he added. “We talked before the event that the only way Novak could lose is if he beats himself.
“I did not expect in my wildest dreams that this would happen. So it is terrible for everyone, he was a wrong rookie.”
Kyrgios starts a poll on Twitter
Nikos Kyrgios, often referred to as the “bad boy” of the current generation of tennis, posted a tongue in cheek poll on Twitter asking what his punishment would be in the same situation.
“Exchange me for a joker [Djokovic’s] incident. “Accidentally hitting the child in the throat,” for how many years would I be banned? “asked.
Five, 10 and 20 years were the selections, with 20 wins with a significant margin at the time of writing.
“We will release you from prison now,” replied American player Tommy Paul.
Former British tennis player Tim Henman, who was disqualified on similar occasions when he hit a girl with a ball at Wimbledon in 1995, believed that Djokovic made a mistake because he did not deal with the media after the incident.
“Unfortunately, the error is getting worse,” he told Prime. “He has to face it, apologize and admit he made a mistake. In fact, running away will keep him going.”
Billy Jean King, a 12-time grand slam winner, said officials had made the right decision.
“First I hope the line judge is okay,” he wrote on Twitter. “The rule is the rule. It is unfortunate for everyone involved, but in this particular situation the default was the right call.”
Djokovic was unbeaten until 2020, with a 26-0 record that went to Sunday’s game against Pablo Carenno Basta. Former tennis player Steve Darcis joked about a man who managed to break Djokovic’s victory – the referee of the line.