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Question of image: what price will Djokovic pay after the scandal…

first_img© Reuters At a time when the sport is gradually returning to a rhythm with a changed reality, tennis is going through its own crisis. At its center is surprisingly Novak Djokovic, who with his actions in the last month threatens his good image, built over the years.The organization of demonstration tournaments on the Balkan Peninsula started as an idea to advertise and promote tennis in the region and gave some players the opportunity to prepare in a competitive environment after the isolation, but later “Adria Tour” proved to be a failure in terms of health and safety. of the participants.With nightclub parties, football games and basketball games, the players showed closeness and behaved as if they were immune to the virus, and thousands of spectators gathered on the courts to watch. Meanwhile, Djokovic, who is behind the organization of the Adria Tour, explained that they were doing what the authorities allowed. Positive samples for coronavirus COVID-19 of players and staff members, among whom is Grigor Dimitrov, was a serious blow to the image of the leader in the rankings. The case raised issues related to Djokovic’s management and influence in the world of tennis, as well as the need for tougher measures in the return of the sport.The sinner DjokovicAs expected, the Serb was flooded with wave of criticism. Djokovic’s apologies that the tournaments in Belgrade and Zadar were made with “pure heart and sincere intentions”, cannot change what happened, a the accusations from the tennis player’s father to Dimitrov shift the focus from taking responsibility for the mistake.“I sum it up like a horror movie. A huge irresponsibility and a huge lack of maturity. They were so careless that it’s hard for me to find the words,” said Bruno Soares, a Brazilian doubles player who is part of the Players’ Council.According to many experts, Djokovic has not yet given importance and value to his role as a leader in the sport. The Serb further set his sights against himself after deciding to return from Zadar to Belgrade and only then take his test, putting other people in danger.There is also discord in the Players’ Council, which Djokovic heads. Recently, the Serb decided not to join a video call to the organization, instead playing football with friends. He is also the athlete who raised his voice against the security measures at the US Open. Djokovic described them as too strict and “unprecedented”, announcing that he had not yet decided whether to take part in the Grand Slam tournament.Djokovic has repeatedly stated that he wants to break the Roger Federer Slam title record. To fulfill his desire to become the greatest tennis player, he must arouse respect in fans, as sports and human go hand in hand.Despite his hunger for success, his actions off the court cannot fail to have a lasting impact on the way he is perceived by the general public. In the last few months, however, his public image seems to be one level lower.Return with one mindThe case of Adria Tour raises the question of the possibility of holding tournaments in safe conditions. The tennis tennis season will resume in August, as the organizers of the races in the calendar must learn from the race in Zadar, if they do not want to repeat the mistake, but for now the ambiguity remains.“The situation has made things even more difficult for everyone. But this is an alarm. We will see what happens in the next three weeks. The point is to follow the protocol for players who give a positive coronavirus test during a tournament. This “It’s obviously a question that will come back and be put on the table more and more. It’s difficult. No one really has an answer to what exactly awaits us,” the head of the tennis federation, Stefan Tsvetkov, told Ekip.First of all, the organizers have to think about possible solutions in a scenario with infected employees and competitors. According to ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi, Adria Tour will help players realize the seriousness of the situation.“It’s a bit like telling your kids to wear a helmet when they’re trying to learn to ride a bike. They ride a bike, they fall and then they wear a helmet. Now we all know we can learn a lesson because we’ll be even more “Careful and we may have a little more attention to health protocols,” Gaudenzi said.last_img read more

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