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Coach slams Djoker hate as âTexas Chainsaw Massacreâ, suggests racism is at play in stunning spray
March 1, 2021 11:46pm
Novak Djokovicâs coach Goran Ivanisevic has suggested racism may be a factor in the âmassacreâ of hatred aimed at the controversial world No.1.
Djokovic won an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title last month but attracted criticism in Australia over a reported list of demands for players in quarantine, while the legitimacy of a mid-tournament injury was also questioned.
The Serbianâs public image also suffered over the last yearâs Adria Tour, the disastrous tennis event he hosted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, along with his spectacular default from the US Open for hitting a line judge with a ball.
âEverything started with the Adria Tour; they were after him even before that, but in the last year it seemed to me as if I am watching that film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,â Ivanisevic told Tennis Majors.
âWhy is he being treated that way? Probably because of his background, people from Balkans are always looked at differently; also, Novak is not afraid to speak his mind and to fight for causes he believes in.
âWhat happened at the US Open, it was as if everyone was glad because that kind of s**t happened to him. In Australia he stood up for his fellow players and again â letâs kick Djokovic because he is the only one to speak up, everyone else stays silent. Throughout my career I have witnessed players doing all sorts of things, but nobody got the kind of treatment Novak does.
âThen, the cherry on topâŠ How shall I put this? The most perfidious, actually the saddest thing were accusations that he was faking an injury. Why on earth would he do that? Why would the best player in the world make up an injury, and he was up two sets to love at that point?!
When some other top player is injured, it is considered a heroic act for them to even step on the court. But when it is Novak, he is faking it.â
Ivanisevic reiterated Djokovicâs effort to win the tournament despite his injury was one of the most remarkable sporting feats heâd seen and declared: âNovak is just stronger than everybody else and people have a hard time admitting that.â
Djokovic on Monday matched Roger Federerâs record for most weeks spent as world No.1.