Novak Djokovic says it is ‘fine’ that he is not universally liked in tennis, as he is true to his own core values.
There is a perception that Djokovic is less loved by the neutrals than rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Whether that perception is true or not isn’t entirely clear as the Serbian is one of the most loved sportsmen on the planet, but he addressed it when asked, cruelly, by reporters after his French Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal.
“The way I see myself obviously is different the way maybe other people see me,” Djokovic admitted.
“I mean, I try to be true to my core values, what I kind of grew up with.
“I understand that there are people that don’t like maybe what I do on and off the court. I understand that I can’t be liked by everyone. That’s fine.
“I think it’s important to have an understanding of who you are and your position in this life, be grateful & move on.”
“I try to remind myself of how blessed I am really to be in this position.
“I’m just, yeah, very blessed and grateful to have the life that I have right now, without a doubt. I have to constantly repeat that to myself, that nothing should be taken for granted.”
Djokovic’s defat to Nadal in the French Open final means he is now three behind the Spaniard and Roger Federer in the race to finish their careers with most Grand Slam titles, although he has vowed he will not give up and may be even more focused on the goal next year.
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