Novak Djokovic is public enemy number one (again)

I don’t know about you, but when I want advice on how to run an international tennis tournament during a global pandemic, the last person I want to hear from is a bloke whose tournament saw several people get Covid.

Yes, I’m talking to you Novak.

Sorry mate, but you’re not exactly best placed to tell Tennis Australia how to run the show.

I hereby award you the title of public enemy number one.

Tennis has its bad boys. We love them.

John McEnroe’s ‘you cannot be serious’ outburst still gets mentioned four decades on.

And Inside Feed favourite Nick Kyrgios is known for smashing a racket from time to time.

Novak himself hit a line judge at the US Open last year.

That’s pretty bad, but add in all his Covid misdemeanours and he really takes the biscuit.

Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend probably slots into the number two slot.

Big news there, everybody, she doesn’t wash her hair herself.

Cue the drama.

Nobody is saying that quarantining is easy, because that couldn’t be further from the truth.

But sympathy is thin to those who moan unnecessarily.

Social media is full of players who are making the best of the situation and training in their hotel rooms with ingenious solutions.

I feared for the windows but it turns out they’re actually quite resistant to impacts from tennis balls.

Why isn’t that the default option?

Sure, the media loves it when there’s something they can stir up, and you could say that I’m playing my part in that (sorry), but there is a real problem with the complaints about isolation.

The unfortunate truth is that it is something that has to be dealt with.

The complaints from people who are privileged enough to come to Melbourne for a few weeks of tennis pale into insignificance when you consider that Melbournians went through a harsh lockdown for months.

Come February 8th, the tennis will do the talking.

Until then, just hang on in there everybody, and you’ll soon be free to serve up some entertainment for us all.

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