A feud between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios continues in the Australian Open 2021. Meanwhile, the seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander says that the current World No.1 player doesn’t want to waste energy to voice for the smaller guy none other than Kyrgios.
Having an intention to create history, the 33-years-old Serb is now chasing his 9th title at the Melbourne Park major event. Therein, Djokovic reached the third round after defeating American Frances Tiafoe in four sets(6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3).
“Novak Is Doing Something Like Arthur Ashe”, says Mats Wilander
However, Former World No.1 Mats Wilander has come to defend the 33-years-old Serbian after the 25-years-old Australian called Djokovic as “a very strange cat”.
“Well Novak, I think he is trying to end it because I don’t think he’s enjoying it”, the 56-years-old Swedish said in a recent Eurosport talk show.
“He’s trying to win this ninth Australian Open. He’s in the chase to be the greatest of all time. He doesn’t have time(for this) and doesn’t want to waste energy,” Wilander added.
“Then, on the other hand, I think you see Nick Kyrgios, who is quite enjoying it. I also think it’s a little bit of a different generation, and social media has become a huge part of it.”
Wilander also compared Novak Djokovic with American tennis icon Arthur Ashe, who holds three Grand Slam titles under his name and ranked No.1 in the world in the early 1970s.
“So it seems that Nick is enjoying it; Novak wants an end [to it]. I think Novak is doing something like what Arthur Ashe did in the early 1970s. He started the ATP, and Jimmy Connors was not happy.”
“Towards the end of the 1980s, we broke away from the Grand Prix tour, we started the ATP Tour and guys made twice as much prize money over one year from 1989 to 1990.”
“Novak, You Should Concentrate On Your Tennis”, says Wilander
Already registered his name in the history book’s several pages, Novak is now one step closer to breaking Roger Federer’s record of most weeks(310) No.1 at the ATP ranking.
Three-time Australian Open champion continued, “Novak is trying to start something. He’s trying to be the voice for the smaller guy. I give him a lot of credit because he knows that people will have opinions about what he says. After all, he’s the number one player in the world.”
“But somebody has got to have a voice for the little guy, and I think the press is having a field day in criticising him.”
“I actually think Novak is doing a great thing and he is speaking up for the smaller guy and the player that needs to make a little bit more money. So, Novak, you should concentrate on your tennis, but you’re doing a great job!”, the three-time Roland Garros champion concluded.
At the Australian Open 2021, Novak Djokovic will now face Taylor Fritz of the United States for a pre-quarterfinal spot on Friday.