Lunch with the FT: Novak Djokovic - FT.com“Before the last two years, it was worrying for the tennis world,” he concedes. “The young players were showing potential, but they weren’t coming up. People love Roger, as they do Rafa, but their day will come, as will mine. But in the last two years I think we have seen a lot of future stars. [Borna] Coric, [Nick] Kyrgios . . . ” Ah, wait a minute, I interrupt. He was a little bit of a naughty one, wasn’t he?
“Well, he is, but, actually, deep inside, I think he is a very good guy. He has a little bit of an identity crisis, I think. He is still trying to establish himself. I spoke to him in New York. I said, ‘Listen, I know everyone criticised you, and I was one of them,’ and I was happy to tell him that face-to-face. But I wanted to add that I suffered similar things, maybe not to that extent, and it is a very valuable experience. I said, ‘If you ever want to talk to me, I am here and I am willing to help you.’ I practise with him, and I talk to him, and he is a good guy, and really, really talented.”
I'm a bit sick of it too, I think the Australian media in particular should make a bit of an effort to leave him alone for a while, and let him play some tennis, win or lose.I'm sick of this storyline tbh.
It's not even just the Australian media, it's everyone. The ATP, ITF, Australian and global media. He's a global figure now - and his name is now synonymous with rebel behavior. It's a long road. Things stick. Tomic now is only just coming out of it.I'm a bit sick of it too, I think the Australian media in particular should make a bit of an effort to leave him alone for a while, and let him play some tennis, win or lose.
I have to turn off the sound when I'm watching him these days, because the commentators are usually just talking about past indiscretions or forecasting his anger later in the match.
It's boring, and it's not conducive to him focusing and improving....