Djokovic was deflected from the US Open after the referee's attack with a ball

Novak Djokovic: “He will be the bad guy for the rest of his career,” says John McEnroe

The 18-time grand slam winner was eliminated from the US Open, a tournament that was the favorite to win to close the gap in the total of 19 Grand Slam wins by Rafael Nadal and 20 by Roger Federer.

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 think the pressure is on, “said McEnroe excluded from the 1990 Australian Open for misconduct, he told ESPN. “… Now, whether he likes it or not, he will be the bad guy for the rest of his career. It will be interesting to see how he handles it.”

“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.”

The blockade is the latest incident during a difficult summer for Djokovic. First, he organized a tournament in Croatia that did not follow the rules of social distance and resulted in him and a number of top players positive test for Covid-19.
He then spearheaded a new players’ association, the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), drawing criticism by Federer and Nadal.

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.

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