“Doesn’t Get Enough Credit”: Pospisil Voices Support for Novak Djokovic Amid Australian Open 2021 Controversy

Published 01/21/2021, 12:49 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in his men’s final match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day eight of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Serbian World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one of the most progressive minds in the tennis fraternity. This usually ends up with him being misunderstood and criticized time and time again. Recently, he gave a few suggestions to the Australian Open 2021 organizers on quarantine conditions, which lead to him being perceived negatively.

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Since Novak is staying at the exclusive Adelaide bubble, many said that he was abusing his privileges. Later on, the Serbian issued a statement himself clarifying his stance on the whole situation. It came to the surface that the list of requirements was not for him, but for players in the Melbourne bubble.

Apart from this, the 33-year-old recently cheered for two Adelaide boys outside his hotel room. In doing that, he not only gave them a lifelong memory to cherish, he also helped people to see him in a better light.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a training session at Roland Garros on September 25, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Earlier, to improve players’ position in tournaments, Novak along with Canadian Vasek Pospisil built the Professional Tennis Player’s Association (PTPA). However, similar to many of his stands, people and players criticized him.

The 30-year-old Canadian has now opened up in support of the present best player in tennis. Vasek also highlighted that Djokovic is not appreciated enough on account of the things he does.

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Vasek thinks Novak Djokovic doesn’t get enough credit

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning set point during his Men’s Singles Semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on day eleven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Djokovic and Pospisil conducted the first meeting of PTPA just before the US Open. Before that, the pair was a part of the ATP Player’s Council. So working with the 17 majors champion, the Canadian knew his deal. To provide more understanding about Djokovic, Pospisil replied on the Adelaide boys’ video.

“Novak doesn’t get enough credit for his openness and generosity,” Vasek wrote. “I see it and experience it first hand behind the scenes on a regular basis. Nice memory here for the two kids.”

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Moving ahead, Djokovic will begin the year at the star-studded exhibition match in Adelaide. Next up, he will be traveling to Melbourne Park to defend two titles.

First, the Serbian ace will play in the ATP Cup 2021 as the Number 1 player for his country. And second, Djokovic will take on the Australian Open 2021 title to shorten the GOAT race.

Given that he is the record 8-time champion of the ‘Happy Slam’, he is the favorite there. Will Djokovic retain his AO title and complete a second hat-trick?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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