‘It Became a Real Mess’ – Jim Courier Advices Novak Djokovic To Withdraw Before Tournaments Release Draws

Published 03/23/2022, 2:54 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 24, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic looks dejected after he loses his quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Novak Djokovic has been the talk of the tennis season this year as he was deported from Australia and wasn’t allowed to compete at the Australian Open. His stance on vaccination has prevented him from competing in countries with a vaccine mandate.

 

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Courier thinks Novak Djokovic could use some good publicity

Recently at The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast, legendary American tennis player Jim Courier spoke about Djokovic’s future and also about his late withdrawals from Indian Wells and Miami Masters.

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Courier said that technically he was allowed to be a part of the draw even if he could not participate. But, that meant taking the chance away from the next deserving candidate on the ranking. The former champion was of the opinion that this was drawing unnecessary bad press towards the Serb, who was in need of some goodwill and support.

“He’s been consistent to what he does, which is to try and get what he wants within the rules. He’s allowed to stay in the draw. I would have chosen to withdraw just prior to the qualifying starting so the next person in would get in I think he could use the good publicity to be honest, I really do. I think, you know, he could use a shot of good PR. But he is within his rights.”

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Group F – Serbia v Austria – Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria – November 26, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his match against Austria’s Dennis Novak REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Courier said that Novak Djokovic, true to his character was trying to give himself the best shot and competing at the highest level. His next big appearance will be at the Monte Carlo Masters and also his hometown event at the Serbian Open. As far as the national policy goes, with France lifting the vaccine mandate, he might be able to defend his French Open crown as well.

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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