Maybe the coronavirus has something positive about it. The tennis calendar is currently very crowded due to the many postponements and cancellations in spring and summer. One tournament follows another.
In addition to the physical strain, Novak Djokovic is sure to release it in some mental form. This is how the Serbian world number 1 can forget the scandalous incident at the US Open when he hit a ball away from anger over a lost break so that a line judge hit the neck and was then disqualified.
Scandal at the US Open: Here Djokovic hits the linesman full in the neck!(01:14)
Because already this week Djokovic is back on the court. At the Masters in Rome he leads the field with Rafael Nadal (ATP 2). As part of the sand tournament in the Italian capital, the 33-year-old is of course also approached about the events in Flushing Meadows.
“It was hard to accept”
Djokovic speaks publicly about the incident for the first time. He apologized on Instagram immediately afterwards on September 7th. In Rome the Serb says: “When you hit the ball like that and hit someone, the rules are clear. I accepted it. “
And Djokovic continues: “Of course it was a shock to end the US Open like this. It was hard to accept, especially because I felt good and ready. It was totally unexpected and unintentional. ” He was shocked for days, says Djokovic.
“Making the best of it”
He was for days the Topic in the world tennis press. The sporty US Open only took place on the sidelines. The world number 1 is all the happier that the tournament in Rome will continue: “The sooner I can leave my memory behind, the better. I’m trying to make the best of the incident. Hopefully I’ll get out there smarter and with more experience. “
But he doesn’t know what the future will bring either. “I cannot promise or guarantee that something similar will not happen to me again,” admits Djokovic. “I try my best, but anything is possible in life.”
In Rome, Djokovic now has the opportunity to make sporting headlines again. He has been waiting for a title there for five years … (leo)