Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic says he is grateful for being financially stable as he insists he feels for the people who are going through a rough period due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Djokovic handed a straight-set defeat to Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-3 6-3 to reach the French Open quarterfinal.
“It’s hard to believe that we’re going to go through [lockdowns] again. I’m just hoping that people will be able to stay mentally sane b/c we have an opportunity to work & earn money, do what we love.
But majority of the people doesn’t have that opportunity,” Djokovic said after beating Khachanov, per Max Gao. After having a conversation with his driver at Roland Garros, Djokovic realized a few things. “The driver here in Roland Garros that has been driving me and my team, he said he had one day of work in the last seven months.
It puts things in perspective really, makes you more appreciative, I think more grateful that we actually have an opportunity to compete,” Djokovic revealed.
Djokovic comes to the defense of Alexander Zverev
On Sunday, world No.
7 Zverev was beaten by rising Italian star Jannik Sinner in four sets. Zverev, who made his maiden Grand Slam final at this past US Open, clearly was far from his best and after the match he admitted he “felt completely sick” and added that he “should not have played.”
Zverev was criticized for playing the match and some even suggested he was maybe coronavirus positive. “I warmed up today. I shouldn’t have played. But I was hoping maybe for a 3-set win or something like that, but I knew from the beginning that it wasn’t going to be easy,” Zverev said after losing to Sinner, per Ravi Ubha.
Djokovic suggests people are too obsessive with the coronavirus. “Nowadays, because of what is happening in the world, people connect any kind of symptoms that has something to do with fever to COVID right away. It’s kind of also expected.
We have to remember that COVID is not the only illness out there,” Djokovic noted. When asked about the possible use of temperature checks at tournaments, Djokovic said: “I wouldn’t mind. I mean, I don’t have anything against that.
If that allows the medical team here to have a better idea of whether someone is having symptoms that could be related to this virus, then okay, fine.”