VIDEO: Novak Djokovic fumes at journalist during 9-minute exchange at press conference

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 0

In the last few weeks, tennis has had its own share of controversial moments.

First, Chris Kemrode was ousted as the president of Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), with the ATP Player Council – headed by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic – playing a key role in making the decision.

Then, former player Justin Gimelstob was forced to step down from the Council after being accused of assaulting a friend last Halloween.

Naturally, while addressing media ahead of his opening match at this week’s Rome Masters, Djokovic was questioned on the couple of events.

He, however, wasn’t happy after renowned journalist Ben Rothenberg coming up with it.

He said: “The way it was presented in the media, I didn’t really like it and I don’t think it’s fair that you guys point out myself as the decision-maker.

“I am the president of council, but it consists of 10 players; so the majority decides. I am one of the 10.

“I feel that I’ve been exposed way too much for being president of the council and having that role.

“Everyone holds me accountable for every single thing that happens in tennis at the moment, which I think is unfair. Because I’m not the only one there.

“If someone wants to understand the way the structure works he wouldn’t be having that approach.

“That’s what I’m trying to talk to you about here – not about information going out. Some is correct, some is not.

“I just feel like the way we go about things there is a lack of respect. Just pointing out to one guy and putting all the pressure on him.

“That’s the only thing… nothing against you personally. I’m just feeling like the process could be handled differently.”

The exchange lasted for almost nine minutes, more than half the time of the entire press conference, which perhaps didn’t end on a happy note.

Djokovic will look keep all this away from the court when he begins his campaign against Denis Shapovalov of Canada on Wednesday.


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