“Deserves More Positive Coverage”- Coach Marian Vajda Opens Up On Media’s Unfair Treatment Towards Novak Djokovic

Published 07/19/2021, 2:55 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 9, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic attends a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Joe Toth


Novak Djokovic has been making headlines throughout this season. Right from the Australian Open to the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, his performance has been beyond excellent. Courtesy of his consistency, he has garnered world attention. However, his coach, Marian Vajda, feels this attention isn’t always fair to the World No. 1.

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Recently, Novak won his 20th Grand Slam title, equaling the record of his fellow ‘G.O.A.T’s, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. This was Novak’s third title in a row, following his triumph at both the French Open and the Australian Open this season. He’s been at the heart of the action for a while now. More so, his historical journey to a Calendar-Grand Slam is being closely watched and followed by the world.

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However, Coach Marian believes that the media often portrays the Serbian from a rather negative angle. “From my point of view, he deserves more positive coverage, he is a true champion,” he said.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper Pool via REUTERS/David Gray

“He is fantastic, a very nice and a positive person”- Marian Vajda

Novak’s performance at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship has put him on the same pedestal as his legendary counterparts. Despite that, his coach believes he isn’t treated the same by the media as his fellow rivals from the Big 3. In fact, he feels it is Novak’s exemplary performance that makes him subject to unequal treatment.

Vajda said, “Sometimes, people are in favor of the underdog because Novak is so dominant and nobody wants to see him winning. His domination is so big that many people are jealous when seeing such perfection, so they ask: “How is this possible? How can he win so much?” They do not believe it.” 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

As per coach Marian, the media is not only biased, but their coverage of Novak is often influential.

“It is very complicated. The media write what they want, perhaps to push an agenda or they want to influence something. Sometimes, they are one-sided and do not see the complexity of Novak’s personality. He is fantastic, a very nice and a positive person, which brings a lot of good energy to spectators,” he expressed.

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Novak’s journey from rags to riches has been nothing less than inspirational. His dedication and commitment to the sport have made him an example for younger athletes. However, Marian believes the legend’s hard work isn’t credited enough. He said, “I feel that Novak is an amazing example for the younger generation of athletes and people in general. He has attained a level where fans think his game is a miracle, but it is not – there is a lot of work and effort behind it.”

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic signs an autograph for a fan after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

The Serbian will soon begin his quest for gold at the Tokyo Olympics. All eyes will be on him as both Federer and Nadal have withdrawn from the tournament.

Novak Djokovic has been simply phenomenal throughout this season. Consistency and back-to-back triumphs have made him the deserving World No. 1. However, coach Vajda only hopes the media treats the ‘G.O.A.T’ like the champion he is.

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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