World number one Novak Djokovic knows how to deal with being treated unfairly and it makes him stronger says Boris Becker.
Djokovic, eight-time Champion of the Australian Open, enters this year’s tournament the clear favourite but it hasn’t been a smooth ride so far.
A media storm broke out when Djokovic tried to intervene to improve the conditions of 72 players who were forced into hard quarantine on entering Australia.
A list of suggestions were put forward by the Serbian which were wrongly reported as demands which would contravene the strict Australian COVID restrictions.
The reports were corrected later by both Tournament Director Craig Tiley and a variety of players who confirmed that they were collective ideas from a selection of players and Djokovic was simply giving them a voice.
Boris Becker, former coach of Djokovic and six-time Grand Slam Champion himself, believes that Djokovic is used to overcoming this type of issue and that dealing with it for years has made him stronger.
“Its not the first time Djokovic has faced headwind, Becker told Eurosport.
“You have to take a stand for him because he hasn’t always been treated fairly in the media. He knows how to deal with it.
“During my time with him, I’ve seen him almost as a street fighter who fears nothing and is not afraid of opposition.
“He’s the best in class and also responsible for the other players, so to speak.
“But that makes him stronger because he’s been through this for years.
“He has already won the Australian Open eight times and is the top favourite in the tournament.
“Everyone else knows what it means to play against Djokovic in Melbourne.”
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