Those were hectic hours for Novak Djokovic at London’s O2 Arena. After a rather smooth debut against Diego Schwartzman at the Nitto ATP Finals, the World number 1 made a very subdued performance in the match with Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday night.
The Serbian phenomenon will play his chances of accessing the semifinals in Friday’s play-off against Alexander Zverev. In recent months, the 17-time Grand Slam champion made headlines for his involvement in the PTPA, the new association that has proposed to act as a players’ union.
On Wednesday, news broke that the ATP would reject Djokovic’s candidacy for a role in the Players Council, citing the Belgrade veteran’s commitment to the fledgling PTPA. In a press conference after the defeat with Medvedev, Nole expressed all her anger at the incident.
Novak Djokovic on his nomination back to the Players’ Council
“These are political games behind the scenes, but they are rarely written about, it is important to write that Novak Djokovic is a hypocrite,” Novak Djokovic said.
“But well, it’s not the first time. I’m used to it, it strengthens my resistance, shield and motivates me even more to do what is right for sports and players. Despite the fact that most of my team and people close to me do not understand why I spend so much energy on something that probably distracts me from what is probably more important, I somehow believe that it is for more good players,” Djokovic said.
” I feel responsibility and duty, as someone who has been at the top for many years; if the players have already chosen me, then it is a great honor for me to be available. All these years I have tried to be available and to proactively give my suggestions and ideas all in the service of improving the system for a larger number of players, especially the lower ranked ones,” he added.
Novak Djokovic, however, also made it a point to explain that he feels many in the media wish to ignore his efforts. “However, few people think about them,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion said. “When we talk about politics in tennis, we mostly talk about the first 50-100, little attention is paid to those who are the largest group, from 100th to 5000th place – they have big problems and constantly criticize the system.
Often the things I say are changed,” said Novak Djokovic. “They said that it might be hypocritical for me to be the founder of PTPA and to return to the Players’ Council at the same time.”