Novak Djokovic commented on Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev all losing in Grand Slams first round matches. The Serbian player also analyzed when the next generation may prevail over him, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. “It is fair to say that it’s surprising, unexpected for the guys to lose in the first round of a Grand Slam because they are top players.
They are carrying now the weight of the top player, which means more pressure, more expectations, more attention. I remember how it was for me when I won my first slam in 2008. For the few years, I was No. 3, 4 in the world, which was great, but I wasn’t able to make that next step in the Slams and win Slams. I know how that feels. There is time.
I understand that people want them to see a new winner of a Grand Slam. They don’t want to see three of us dominating the Slam titles. Eventually, it’s going to come, in about 25 years, then we’ll all be happy!”, said Djokovic.
The Belgrade native also spoke about Justin Gimelstob’s document: “I will read it. I haven’t read it. I’ve spoken to Justin. He has explained to me that he still is going through the process, the legal process. He’s not done yet on the court. Obviously, I know only his side of the story. I’ve had, as I mentioned before, a really good relationship with Justin. I think he is away from our sport at the moment for a reason. I think he needs to take time to deal with this serious matter.
We as sport, players, cannot have this kind of disturbance, so to say, in our sport or in our structure. He understands that. If he, at the end of this whole process, is proven guilty, I mean, obviously there is no support from my side for him to be part of the sport.
Journalist: In a court of law, he agreed that he would be adjudicated, was said to be guilty. That is what occurs in California law when you say, No contest.”
Source: Tennis World