“I’ve Developed a Thick Skin”- Novak Djokovic on Facing Chronic Criticism From Tennis Tour

Published 02/22/2021, 4:36 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serbian’s Novak Djokovic during his quarter final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Loren Elliott


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic emerged as the winner of the Australian Open 2021. This is his 9th Australian Open title, and it has taken his Grand Slam tally to 18 now. Facing Daniil Medvedev in the finals, Djokovic completely dominated the match and thrashed his opponent in straight sets. The final scoreline of the match was 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

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At the time, there were speculations about whether Novak Djokovic would be able to continue playing at the Grand Slam or not. He suffered a muscle tear injury in his third match against Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open 2021 and barely survived that match.

Although Djokovic claimed that he was under immense pain, many fans and experts raised questions over his injury. While many said that he faked the injury, others mentioned that his injury was not that serious. Recently, Djokovic revealed that he was quite hurt after he received a lot of backlash over his injury.

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic receives medical attention during his third-round match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

“Yeah, of course, it hurts. I’m a human being like yourself, like anybody else. I have emotions. I don’t enjoy when somebody attacks me in the media openly and stuff,” said Djokovic.

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The 18-time Grand Slam winner also mentioned that it was not like he didn’t care about the statements at all and said that they affected him personally. “Of course, I cannot say I don’t care about it or whatever. Of course, it does. I have to be honest,” added the World No.1 player.

Serbian’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his quarter-final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Djokovic highlighted that he had developed a thick skin over time to deal with all the criticism. “But I think I’ve developed a thick skin over the years to just dodge those things and focus on what matters to me the most,” concluded Djoker.

All these statements surely had an adverse effect on Djokovic. However, he was able to come over them and answered his critics by defending his title successfully at the Australian Open 2021. He has got off to a great start, and his fans will have even bigger expectations from him. Will Djokovic be able to equal Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam tally in 2021?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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