Novak Djokovic should be a much greater fan favourite than he is based on what he has achieved, says Jim Courier.
Djokovic commands a fiercely loyal fanbase, but comes in for far more criticism than rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Courier, though, believes much of that is down to fans already being entrenched in their devotion to Federer and Nadal when Djokovic arrived on the scene, and his tennis does demands greater public affection.
“He is sensitive to public opinion,” Courier told Nine News.
“He spends energy trying to court public opinion and based on what he’s done on the court he should be a huge fan favourite.
“He’s just come up at a time that a lot of the fan base have decided they’re a Roger [Federer] fan or a Rafa [Nadal] fan.”
Courier also took the time to defend Novak Djokovic from the criticism he has endured over the requests he made to Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley to improve quarantine conditions in Melbourne.
“Novak has gone out of his way to stand up for other players in Australia,” Courier explained.
“He was being a leader and it just came off wrong in the public and I hope the Australian public will give him another chance to at least explain himself.”
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