Novak Djokovic: ‘It was very tempting at that time for my parents’

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Novak Djokovic’s fate hangs in the balance. With just over a day to go before the main draw, it is still unclear whether the Serb will be able to participate in the Us Open or not. The Belgrade native, who has prepared himself on the concrete as if he were going to participate, continues to have these types of problems during the season, which show no signs of abating with the passage of time.

John McEnroe, who has been very active in recent hours commenting on what has happened with various tennis players on the ATP circuit in recent months, has also commented on what happened with Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz.

These are the opinions of the American legend about Djokovic: “I don’t think it’s fair and I think it’s a joke. We discussed it, maybe there is a reason why he has 21 Slams and I have won seven. I would have vaccinated myself and gone to play, but he has very strong convictions and you have to respect them.

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At this point in the pandemic, after two and a half years, I think people in all parts of the world know better, the idea that they can’t come here and play for me is a joke,” he said in an interview with Eurosport.

The American continued: “Obviously Rafa Nadal has benefited. These three guys, including Federer, are already above everyone else. Rafa was able to pull off a miraculous victory that not many expected in Australia. Then, we all know how difficult it is to beat the Spaniard at Roland Garros, but Djokovic played it.

Then Nole won at Wimbledon, where Rafa was injured. Obviously, if you’ve won the Australian Open eight or nine times, you may think you’re wasting your chance to win again,” he added.

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Novak Djokovic recalled the time his family had to make the paramount decision between keeping their Serbian nationality or giving it up to accept British citizenship.

“It was very tempting at that time for my parents, very, very tempting because of (to resolve the problems). My family and my parents would get a job, my family would have a house, I mean it was a great, great deal. I’m not saying that it would particularly be wrong if we did that.

Who knows where the journey would take us,” he said. Djokovic also stated that he was particularly keen about the switch as he would be subjected to unfamiliar surroundings. “It was mostly the decision of my parents to be honest, you know.

Yes, I was of course included and involved in the conversations. I personally didn’t feel it from the beginning because I said listen I don’t want to go and live in England. I don’t know anybody (there). I want to stay here with my friends, I have my school, I have my friends, I have my life, I have my country, I have my language, I have everything here. I just didn’t feel that I would feel (the) happiest there,” he revealed.

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