Novak Djokovic earlier this week gave out a statement to share the news of his coronavirus test. The test has come out positive with his wife Jelena Djokovic also testing positive. Since then he has received severe criticism from fans and players for his tour. Djokovic is the President of ATP Player’s Council and now questions are being raised over his leadership and responsibility.
Noah Rubin, the young American protege has been critical of world no.1 since the start of the Adria Tour. He dropped a tweet earlier telling about the risks taken without any consideration. Now in a conversation with LEquipe, he questioned Djokovic’s president seat and the players regarding the conducting of the football matches, basketball matches, and the viral night club video during the tour.
Djokovic is the president of the ATP players council. Decisions he makes affect all the other players. He is looked upon by people and younger players so he should have acted responsibly. He also missed a zoom call with ATP to discuss the resumption of tennis, new rules, and protocols.
“I am waiting to see what happens to his position as the president of the players’ council. Novak is an example for millions of people. He didn’t just miss the phone meeting with all the players, the ATP and the USTA, he was doing something that could hurt many people.” said Rubin
It’s very disappointing. Again, 1% of players make decisions that affect everyone else. Without asking for a second if it would hurt them.” he added.
Rubin also spoke about the disparity between the top-ranked ‘stars’ and the lower-ranked players. He wants some sanctions on the players involved by the ATP. But he is skeptical whether the ATP will take these tough decisions, as the players involved are ‘stars’.
“If the ATP does not denounce what happened, it will prove once again that it is only for the stars. That this sport is exclusively built around its stars.” said the American.
Djokovic has a lot of trouble over his head, as his health and the president’s seat at the players’ council are at stake. Many players are getting restless with his recent antics and could surely force the Serbian to step down from his position.
Note: The quotes are translated from French.