Rising US star Reilly Opelka has paid tribute to Novak Djokovic – and criticised those who write ‘negative press on things that aren’t true.’
Djokovic has been the subject of many unkind headlines in 2020, with his handling of the Adria Tour, his US Open default, and his role in the breakaway independent players union the PTPA all attracting negative press.
For Opelka, though, the tone and focus of that coverage is not reflective of the man he knows, and he has described that as ‘frustrating.’
“I was on board (for PTPA),” Opelka said “I think it’s a great move.
“I think that it was just frustrating for me to see a guy like Novak, that gets the negative press on things that aren’t true, right?
“He’s a really, really friendly guy. He’s at the point now, every time he’s entering a Slam, he’s going for history, as the greatest of all time, and he doesn’t need to take the time to come up to me after a match, and just talk, and ask how my knee’s doing.
“It’s not common. It’s not like we grew up together – we’re in different generations.
“He’s very, very aware of the younger generations. He’s very aware of a lot of the women’s players. He loves tennis. He cares about the sport.”
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