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Vienna tournament director disliked Djokovic’s statements

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 1, 2020

He didn’t like it and wanted to let it be known. This week was the ATP 500 tournament in Vienna, Austria. Herwig Straka, the director of the tennis event, clearly did not taste the statements of Serbian Novak Djokovic (33). The world number one was engaged in the tournament, necessarily as a headliner, but he fell heavily on Friday, during the quarter-finals of the event, against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, 42nd player world and lucky loser for the occasion, in two small sets (6-2, 6-1) and 1h10 of play. A completely historic defeat for the best player in the world. After this astonishing meeting, Novak Djokovic had declared in particular that he “had accomplished what he needed”.

“Novak Djokovic’s comments after his defeat were unnecessary”

Indeed, the Serbian will indeed end this year 2020, so special because of the coronavirus pandemic which still continues to rage throughout the world today, instead of world number one in the ATP ranking, and this for the sixth time in his career. His statement was therefore far from unanimous, first with the fans and therefore also with Straka, who had done everything to welcome the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (34) in his tournament this year. Regarding Djokovic, he said in particular, in comments reported by the specialized website welovetennis.fr : “Novak Djokovic’s comments after his loss to Lorenzo Sonego were unnecessary, but now is not the time to be ruthless. The biggest goal remains to welcome Rafael Nadal to Vienna: we will keep in touch. It was complicated for this year. This is what is said.