Former Tennis Player Criticizes Novak Djokovic for His ‘Contrasting Statements’ on Davis Cup

Published 12/01/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to the crowd after winning a game in the third set against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Former Australian professional tennis player has slammed World No.1, Novak Djokovic, for his contradictory statements about the Davis Cup’s format. Djokovic had talked about revamping the format of the Davis Cup earlier. However, recently the Serb has changed his views on the subject. Djokovic supported the idea of preserving traditions and history.

Following these statements, former Australian tennis player Sam Groth took a dig at Djokovic. According to him, it’s unprofessional to release contradictory statements in such a short period.


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Former Australian tennis player criticizes Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic conveyed his opinions on changing the structure of the Davis Cup. However, in a recent interview, he talked about respecting history.

Djokovic stated, “I think you need to respect the tradition and the history, and you need to stick to the things that are recognizable that make this competition so important for the sport. At the same time, you need to move forward and find new ways to improve the competition.”

Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after a fourth set winner against Jenson Brooksby of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

As soon as the Serb released such contrasting statements, former Australian player, Sam Groth struck back at the World No. 1. Groth was unhappy with such behavior of Novak Djokovic.

” This is not the Davis Cup but the players who are going to turn up are exactly like Novak Djokovic, in my opinion, who spoke up obviously rebutting Lleyton’s [Hewitt’s] comments about the tournament needing a change, it needs to be adjusted and needs to be played in different cities and then the finals in one city,” he said.

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Djokovic’s Serbia enters the quarter-finals


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Team Serbia led by Djokovic has gracefully entered the quarter-finals at Davis Cup 2021. They will be facing Team Kazakhstan in the last 8 of the competition.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Group F – Serbia v Germany – Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria – November 27, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

On the other side, Croatia has beaten the strong side of Italy to enter the semi-finals. If Djokovic’s Serbia wins over Kazakhstan, they’ll soon clash with Team Croatia.


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Subsequently, if they beat Croatia, they are likely to face either Germany or the Russian Tennis Federation. If RTF reaches the finals, the tennis world would witness Novak Djokovic facing Daniil Medvedev yet another time for the title this year.


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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.