“One of the Most Conservative Sports”: Novak Djokovic Calls for Innovation in Tennis

Published 04/21/2021, 7:04 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 14: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Milos Raonic of Canada during day seven of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 14, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Tennis ace Novak Djokovic is one of the most successful sports personalities from recent times. One of his key attributes is his flexibility and the manner in which he can turn defense into attack. Another characteristic of his is the desire to bring changes in the game. In the previous year, the Serb stepped down from his role as the head of the ATP Player Council and formed the PTPA for the lesser privileged players.

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Recently, Novak Djokovic spoke on a number of topics, but the one that caught the ear most was his take on the ‘Super League’. He spoke about the idea of calling for innovation in the tennis world, similar to what the football world is going through. However, he did maintain that tennis is a conservative sport and has certain integrities which cannot be compromised upon.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Novak Djokovic not in favor of ‘Super League’ in tennis

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Not long ago, twelve of the powerful football clubs of Europe, belonging in England, Spain, and Italy came together to create their own ‘Super League’. The idea is for the twelve clubs to discontinue participating in the UEFA competitions, and this development has created a stir in the football world.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic does not support the idea of having a similar kind of league in tennis. However, he would welcome certain innovations in the future which don’t harm the tradition of the sport.

The Serb stated, “We are one of the most conservative sports. I am not saying that we have to reinvent the game, but it would take some innovation.” 

(Quotes translated using Google Translate)

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

This year, Djokovic kicked off his season with a great start. Having won his ninth Australian Open title this season, he has taken his Grand Slam tally to 18 titles.

After his successful stint in Melbourne, he featured directly at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, where he lost in the initial rounds to British player Dan Evans.

Djokovic is currently in Belgrade, competing in his hometown at the ATP Serbia Open 2021.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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