Andy Murray compared to Novak Djokovic by McEnroe
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Novak Djokovic’s father has hit out at the rules which kept him and the rest of the Serbian star’s family away from the court at Wimbledon this year. Djokovic won the event which took him to 20 Grand Slam victories, matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most ever.
Speaking about the fact that there were almost full crowds in at SW19 but he and his wife were not permitted to attend, Srjdan Djokovic said: “My wife and I wanted to go to Wimbledon, but these horrible people did not let us because we had to go in quarantine for a week, even though the stadium was packed with 15,000, 16,000 people.
“I will never forget that.”
Djokovic and his family are not the only people to have been irked by the strict Covid protocols in place at the All England Club.
Federer was asked by the Tennis Channel how he was dealing with bubble life, and responded with searing honesty.
Federer said: “Well terrible. Quite honestly, I am not seeing them, I am not with them.
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“And that in itself is not good. I speak to them three times a day, checking with Mirka if everything’s okay at home but there’s only so much I can do.”
The Swiss great went on to thank his wife for being so supportive of him, but again reiterated that he would prefer that she and his family were in attendance.
Federer added: “She is great. She has always got my back and she’s a very strong lady. She’s the best. So I can’t complain from the standpoint but it’s no fun not having them here”
Srjdan has been very vocal in his support of his son throughout his career, but recently his fandom has reached new levels as he recently claimed that his son is the greatest athlete in the world.
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Responding to a question about his son’s position as the best tennis player in the world, Srjdan responded: “I have to correct you. In the beginning you said Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world, he even is the best sportsman in the world.
“Currently he is one of the best of all time, but very quickly he will be the best athlete ever.”
Srjdan went on to further eulogise about his son’s skill and potential as a role model in their native Serbia.
In a bizarre outburst Srjdan said: “Patriotism is above all.
“The only option for all of us Serbs in the world is our mother Serbia. Novak is the key, Novak is gold, Novak is an indicator that nothing is impossible if you really want to, Novak is a member of every normal family in this country.
“Novak is your brother. Novak behaves in such a way that everyone feels like he is theirs. And he is from Serbia, he is of Serbian descent.”
Djokovic hasn’t played since being dumped out of the Olympics and losing his bronze medal match.
He was recently seen enjoying some downtime in his native Serbia at a yacht club as he decided to skip the Toronto and Cincinnati Masters, the two traditional warm-up events for the US Open.
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