Tennis

Djokovic should change to be greater

10 Th1 2022 | 09:53

What Novak Djokovic experienced in Australia reminds people of Andre Agassi’s stubbornness when attending Wimbledon in the past.

Agassi has coached Djokovic in the past. And if the American tennis legend had any advice for Nole after the recent incident in Australia, the 51-year-old former tennis player would probably talk about “bowing” (or big ego – PV). “At Wimbledon I learned to bow,” Agassi once said of one of the world’s famous problems in felt-ball.

Djokovic has trouble attending the Australian Open 2022. Photo: Reuters.

Djokovic has trouble attending the Australian Open 2022. Photo: Reuters.

Lessons from Agassi

Agassi once possessed the same talent and stubborn ego as Djokovic now. In the late 80s and early 1990s of the last century, the former American tennis player emerged early and became a “bad boy” in the tennis industry.

However, when filled with the opportunity to step up to the top of the world, Agassi surprised when he refused to attend Wimbledon in the period 1988-1990 because of the dress code of the organizers.

Athletes participating in the Grand Slam tournament in the UK must wear all-white clothes, socks, shoes or even other accessories on the body. The strict rules of Wimbledon have caused trouble for many top players like Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.

In 2005, Nadal had to change his outfit because his pants were too long. In 2013, Federer was ordered to change his shoes because his soles were orange. After changing shoes, the reigning Wimbledon champion that year was eliminated in the second round against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Three decades ago, Agassi possessed the sassy personality of a young tennis player. The refusal to compete at Wimbledon because he does not like to wear white clothes of the legend born in 1970 is proof. However, after consecutive defeats in the finals of Roland Garros 1990, 1991 and the US Open 1990, Agassi began to change his mind about attending Wimbledon.

At that time, despite being considered a young player with potential, Agassi had not yet won a Grand Slam title. He agreed to wear all white to attend Wimbledon in 1991 and a year later, himself won the first Grand Slam championship in his career in England.

“Wimbledon is where I learned to wear white and bow,” Agassi later told CNN . “That tournament is where I learned to respect and accept the traditional prices.” A statement showing a change in the thinking of the former American tennis player.

Wimbledon is where Agassi made the turning point of his career. He has won seven more Grand Slam titles since his success at the All England Club in 1992. If he had not “bowed” at Wimbledon in 1991, would Agassi have been as successful?

Djokovic himself is no stranger to Agassi. The two worked together in 2017, when the Serbian player had only 12 Grand Slams and was facing many difficulties in his career.

Later, Agassi once hinted that his big ego prevented Nole from listening to his advice. The two had a conflict when Djokovic ignored Agassi’s advice about not attending the Miami Open, the 34-year-old tennis tournament “tried to eat sticky rice” and lost in the second round.

The American legend is probably not surprised with what Djokovic is going through. Nole once ignored advice to quit the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to focus on the US Open 2021. In the end, the 1987-born athlete failed in both of the above important tournaments. Nole’s Golden Slam dream was shattered. Even now, it may take him a long time to set a record of winning 21 Grand Slam titles.

Agassi once put down his ego to attend Wimbledon and win the tournament. Photo: ATP.

Agassi once put down his ego to attend Wimbledon and win the tournament. Photo: ATP.

Lessons from Agassi

Agassi once possessed the same talent and stubborn ego as Djokovic now. In the late 80s and early 1990s of the last century, the former American tennis player emerged early and became a “bad boy” in the tennis industry.

However, when filled with the opportunity to step up to the top of the world, Agassi surprised when he refused to attend Wimbledon in the period 1988-1990 because of the dress code of the organizers.

Athletes participating in the Grand Slam tournament in the UK must wear all-white clothes, socks, shoes or even other accessories on the body. The strict rules of Wimbledon have caused trouble for many top players like Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.

In 2005, Nadal had to change his outfit because his pants were too long. In 2013, Federer was ordered to change his shoes because his soles were orange. After changing shoes, the reigning Wimbledon champion that year was eliminated in the second round against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Three decades ago, Agassi possessed the sassy personality of a young tennis player. The refusal to compete at Wimbledon because he does not like to wear white clothes of the legend born in 1970 is proof. However, after consecutive defeats in the finals of Roland Garros 1990, 1991 and the US Open 1990, Agassi began to change his mind about attending Wimbledon.

At that time, despite being considered a young player with potential, Agassi had not yet won a Grand Slam title. He agreed to wear all white to attend Wimbledon in 1991 and a year later, himself won the first Grand Slam championship in his career in England.

“Wimbledon is where I learned to wear white and bow,” Agassi later told CNN . “That tournament is where I learned to respect and accept the traditional prices.” A statement showing a change in the thinking of the former American tennis player.

Wimbledon is where Agassi made the turning point of his career. He has won seven more Grand Slam titles since his success at the All England Club in 1992. If he had not “bowed” at Wimbledon in 1991, would Agassi have been as successful?

Djokovic himself is no stranger to Agassi. The two worked together in 2017, when the Serbian player had only 12 Grand Slams and was facing many difficulties in his career.

Later, Agassi once hinted that his big ego prevented Nole from listening to his advice. The two had a conflict when Djokovic ignored Agassi’s advice about not attending the Miami Open, the 34-year-old tennis tournament “tried to eat sticky rice” and lost in the second round.

The American legend is probably not surprised with what Djokovic is going through. Nole once ignored advice to quit the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to focus on the US Open 2021. In the end, the 1987-born athlete failed in both of the above important tournaments. Nole’s Golden Slam dream was shattered. Even now, it may take him a long time to set a record of winning 21 Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic can only blame himself

In response to Zing , Jason Dasey, ABC News’ BLV, commented that Djokovic is not the only one at fault in the ongoing controversy. However, the Serbian himself certainly knew in advance of the troubles when coming to Australia, with his controversial stance of refusing to get vaccinated.

“I think Nole would not have faced such a big wave of protests if the Serbian player had not posted a message on his personal page after entering Australia,” Mr. Dasey analyzed. “Like I said, it’s become a national problem for Djokovic to come to Australia without a vaccination.”

The Australian BLV assessed that most of the fans of the land of kangaroos were not very sympathetic to Nole. The fact that he declared himself medically exempt and did not need to publicize his vaccination status on social networks angered the Australian public.

Nadal affirmed that if Djokovic wants, the Serbian tennis player can completely compete at the Australian Open 2022 without any trouble. Why doesn’t Nole simply follow the rules the Australian government asks?

Colette Wong, a former Fox Sports editor , told Zing that what happened to Djokovic was truly unfortunate. The Australian government can use Nole as a political chess piece, for the election in May.

“The pity for Djokovic is that he was treated in a bad way when he entered Melbourne,” said BLV Dasey. “The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, is using the Djokovic incident as a way to increase his political credibility and the government, with the May election coming up.”

The Australian journalist asserted: “Morrison knows the public does not like Djokovic, and Australians feel it is unfair if Nole is allowed to compete at the Australian Open 2022 without vaccination.”

BLV Wong said that Nole continues to lose sympathy from the public and he can hardly be loved like Nadal or Federer. Nadal laments that the world has suffered enough over the past two years and that you simply have to get vaccinated to help people. It was a more serious problem than the old Agassi wearing white.

Even if he wins the case and gets to attend the Australian Open 2022, Djokovic’s mentality is definitely affected after the past few days. In the future, will Nole accept “bowing” to make the journey to conquer more Grand Slam titles easier? With Nole’s personality and big ego, few people dare to be optimistic about it.

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