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The past year or so of Novak Djokovic’s public life has been interesting to say the least.

Having received increased hostility from centre court crowds at the larger tournaments in 2018 and 2019 – with some treatment being especially distasteful during matches against Roger Federer – it seemed like, from Wimbledon 2019 onwards, Djokovic had begun to embrace his role as provocateur and aggravator.

This didn’t apply to strictly on-court matters. Djokovic was also becoming more outspoken on his cultural and social views regarding the tennis community and the world in general.

hyper-masculinity and unequal pay between men and women are eroding.

This has had a noticeable influence on professional tennis culture. Tennis is a sport played largely in Western Europe, North America and Australia.

Most of the top male players have adapted to the cultural change and adjusted their public behaviour accordingly.

The hyper-macho energy of the likes of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ilie Năstase has, with occasional exception, eroded among the most visible male players. Men have acted more circumspect on and off the court, knowing they’ll be interrogated in press conferences or dragged on social media if they stray from the new standards expected of them.

Djokovic has been a man apart in this sense, though.

Djokovic has been reluctant to support equal prize money for women at the majors, has stated that he would not want to get a COVID vaccine, and has – along with his father – proudly displayed his Serbian nationalist leanings. This has angered many in the liberal mainstream of tennis.

One of Djokovic’s most recent stands against mainstream culture came just over two months ago when he hosted the Adria Tour tennis tournament across the Balkans. No COVID regulations (such as masks and social distancing) occurred during the tournament. By the end of the tour, a number of players – including Djokovic himself – and their associates had tested positive for COVID-19.

The whole venture was met with scorn and derision from the tennis world, who held Djokovic responsible for jeopardising the health of many.

Djokovic, however, dug his heels in, and a few weeks ago remarked that “If I had the chance to do the Adria Tour again, I would do it again.”

This was perceived as Djokovic thumbing his nose at the culture within the tennis world of mass panic at the virus.

Djokovic’s latest off-court venture, however, bought things to breaking point.

Just before the beginning of the US Open last week, it emerged that Djokovic had resigned from the official ATP Players’ Council and formed a breakaway players association. The new association of around 40 players comprised only men.

closer to the men’s major tally leader board.

Djokovic looked like a man on a mission, both on and off the court until the debacle on Sunday.

The linesperson incident has proven to halt Djokovic’s charge. He has been well and truly humiliated on the global stage to the point that he couldn’t bear to attend the press conference after being defaulted.

A couple of elements in the aftermath of this incident will be interesting. Firstly, how the crowds react to Djokovic when stadiums are filled again. In the past, despite receiving derision from clear Federer fans, he has always had a sizable group of admirers. Will he now be hated in a way we have never seen before?

Secondly, and perhaps the more immediate thing to watch for, will be whether Djokovic alters both his on-court and off-court personality. Will he continue in attempting to influence the game with his old-school, traditionalist views?

Or, perhaps like George Foreman after suffering humiliation to Muhammad Ali in 1974, will Djokovic emerge a more likeable, empathetic individual?
 

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Not sure you can call him a "man of the past" -- his New Age-y guru and love and peace and meditation and all that stuff is not in line with old-school manly stuff.

Even his nationalism is just here and there, whenever it's convenient for him. I mean: if you don't eat bread and meat, are you even Serbian? :p
 

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Not sure you can call him a "man of the past" -- his New Age-y guru and love and peace and meditation and all that stuff is not in line with old-school manly stuff.
Meditation and spirituality is an ancient thing. Most men practiced some spiritual things in the past- it is only in this materialistic society that people got away from that.

You do realize 'new age' is a purely from a modern western standpoint right? Essentially 'new age' is talking about ancienct eastern inflences.

Thanks for the feedback though.
 

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Rafa basically said equal pay makes no sense either, maybe these idiotic writers should look into the subtance if the argument, rather than generalizing and virtue signaling into the stance people ‚should have‘.
 

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Rafa basically said equal pay makes no sense either, maybe these idiotic writers should look into the subtance if the argument, rather than generalizing and virtue signaling into the stance people ‚should have‘.
I agree. But Rafa is far more circumspect about keeping his views private. Far more willing to play the public game.

Djoko is not. That is the point the article is making.
 

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Rafa basically said equal pay makes no sense either, maybe these idiotic writers should look into the subtance if the argument, rather than generalizing and virtue signaling into the stance people ‚should have‘.

The opinions of most of these "journalists" are no better than yours or mine. The only real difference is that, for whatever reasons, theirs get published. :giggle: But that usually doesn't speak at all to the quality of their views.
 

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I am far from a Djokovic fan but the attack on his character and his personal views and beliefs by the media, in the aftermath of his disqualification has been nothing short of disgusting.
 

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Don't like the guy a bit, but enough of beating the dead horse. Dislike the man, but admire his tennis. That's it
 

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The Roar is just a freelance an Aussie amateur journalist publication, a bit like the Bleacher Report.
Not some well known sports source.
OP himself probably wrote the article.
Djoker is not some relic from the past, I don't see any similarities with the likes of Mac or Connors.
For the most part he plays the PR card, and tries not to stir the pot.
 

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Djokovic's game hasn't been impressive either.
If his level drops just a tiny little bit, he'd lose every event, because he's been winning by razor thin margins.
Djokovic was down 2-sets-to-1 in the Australian Open Final, and he was down multiple match points in the 2nd Set of his Dubai match with Monfils.
Cincinnati Masters, Roberto Bautista Agut pushed Djokovic to a 3rd Set tiebreaker in the SF, and Raonic breadsticked Djokovic in the 1st Set of the Final.
And here at the US Open when Djokovic was disqualified he was down a break in the 1st Set (5-6).
 

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Meditation and spirituality is an ancient thing. Most men practiced some spiritual things in the past- it is only in this materialistic society that people got away from that.

You do realize 'new age' is a purely from a modern western standpoint right? Essentially 'new age' is talking about ancienct eastern inflences.

Thanks for the feedback though.
Oh I know that. But Serbia is not that far east.
 
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A lot of truth in this article. It could do with a bit of balance on Djokovic's attitude to diet, the body, meditation and pseudoscience/conspiracy theories to give it more balance however.
 
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Djokovic has a thing called "character", he has "opinions"... so he is a thing of the past, a relic!!

Djokovic is hypermasculine (which about 10 years ago meant, he has certain character traits associated with masculinity) - so he is a relic of the past!

but now finally it's all over, gladly. i mean, he clearly tried to assassinate that line judge so i think it is time to call it a day.

sorry but this article lost me from the get go
 
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