“People Are Jealous”: Coach Says Media Just Promotes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Overlooks Novak Djokovic

Published 07/15/2021, 5:16 AM EDT
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 REUTERS/Paul Childs


World No.1 Novak Djokovic created history after winning his 20th Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He has now equalized both his tennis rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in the Grand Slam tally. Interestingly, it is his sixth Wimbledon title and his third major of the year.

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In a recent interview, Novak Djokovic’s head coach Marian Vajda revealed that the media has still not given the Serbian legend the recognition that he deserves. He believes that Nole is a fantastic person but the media doesn’t highlight this fact.

“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,” said Vajda in the interview.

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the second set during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs

Vajda mentioned that Djokovic is so dominant that the media just wants him to lose sometimes. He feels that some people are even jealous of his success and thus, don’t write the good things about him.

“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… They do not believe it,” added the coach.

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Marian Vajda highlights that he wants the media to be unbiased towards Novak Djokovic

Vajda emphasized that Djokovic is a great source of inspiration for many youngsters. However, he reflected that the media has only promoted Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the past. As a result, he continued and said that he wants to see a more balanced media approach towards Djokovic in the future.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

“I feel that Novak is an amazing example for the younger generation of athletes and people in general… My hope is that it has only to do with the sporting side, but I would like to see a more balanced (media) approach when it comes to Novak. Media promotes Nadal and Federer, the younger generation too – nice things are being written about Novak as well. But from my point of view, he deserves more positive coverage, he is a true champion,” concluded Vajda.

Vajda has been there with Djokovic since he turned professional. He is definitely the most successful coach in the history of the sport as he has now won 20 Grand Slams titles with the Serbinator. Will he be able to lead Djokovic to a Golden Slam this year?

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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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