“An Individual of the Highest Integrity”: Novak Djokovic Empathizes With Vasek Pospisil Over Miami Open 2021 Meltdown

Published 03/27/2021, 12:02 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory after winning his singles match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy during Day 1 of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


Miami Open 2021 is attracting an awful lot of attention outside of the invigorating tennis matches this year. Specifically, the meltdown of Canadian professional Vasek Pospisil in the opening round has got everyone’s attention. Now, his good friend, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, has expressed kind words of support for him.

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In essence, the 30-year-old Canadian called out on the ATP Chairman’s behavior in the player’s meeting in Miami. What’s interesting is he did that in public, and that too during his first-round match against American Mackenzie McDonald.

After the match, Pospisil apologized immediately for his unprofessionalism, and since then, has gotten many fellow players empathizing with his situation.

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Last year, Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil founded the PTPA to protect players’ interests on the tour. However, it was not well-received by the higher authorities.

Probably, the current situation is a repercussion of the same. However, the case at hand is about Pospisil’s harsh comments and misconduct on the tennis court. For this reason, the 33-year-old Serbian tweeted in support of his fellow competitor.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Moreover, Djokovic also vouched for the 30-year-old’s character and urged players to comprehend the importance of coming together.

“Concerning matters at hand, I am not in Miami. However, Vasek Pospisil is my good friend, and I empathize with him wholeheartedly,” Djokovic said.

“Players on tour would agree that he is an individual of the highest integrity who cares about the wellbeing of his fellow competitors. I am hopeful players recognize the importance of standing together.”

Previously, American professional John Isner stated that it was unfortunate but can happen with anyone in the sport.

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The Serbian, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, decided to withdraw from the Miami Open this year. Additionally, he and the Spaniard have already begun the preparations for the coming clay-court season.

2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Both Rafa and Djokovic would resume their 2021 season at Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 after the Australian Open. The tournament will run from 11 April to 18 April 2021.

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How excited are you to see Rafa and Nadal battle on clay once again?

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