The Australian, Nick Kyrgios has been criticising his colleagues on ATP Tour, and his equation with the World Number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic has been skewed for a while. Djokovic is presently training in Serbia and preparing for Wimbledon Championships 2019, a Serbian journalist interrogated him about his thoughts on Kyrgios, who called him ‘cringeworthy’ a month ago.
“What can I say. I really think that he’s not a bad guy,” Novak Djokovic said. “I don’t know why he’s saying all that stuff, maybe he wants to draw attention or he has some different motives. He obviously wants to be honest and open, that’s part of his character. I respect him. What can I do? I don’t have a problem with that, he can say whatever he wants. Does he show respect as much as other guys? No. It’s his way to communicate”.
The 15-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic doesn’t really care about the discourteous words by Nick Kyrgios and he disclosed about their relationship in the past. “But I honestly think that he’s not a bad guy. I had the opportunity to talk to him before he started criticising,” Novak Djokovic said.
“I even offered him help (in a sense that he can talk to me) at US Open five years ago when he was being criticised since I was in a similar situation at the beginning of my career. I suffered a lot of criticism in my account and went through similar situations,” Djokovic added.
Further, Djokovic shared about his early years on the tour and he mentioned that he struggled to earn respect on the tour. “No, absolutely not, everything is at the level of communion through the public. I really struggled in life with every respect and with whom I had no such kind. Let’s just say the problem, though it’s not something that keeps me awake at night,” Novak Djokovic concluded.
Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic have met twice on the courts of Acapulco and Indian Wells and both the times, Kyrgios won over Djokovic in straight sets.