With the French Open starting at the end of the month, the No. 1 in the world still has a chance to join their all-time tally during this rough season – but has the Serb tarnished their reputation?
Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe, famous for his on-court outbursts, believes the incident will have an impact.
“I didn’t say he couldn’t recover,” added Mechanero. “If he accepts that role, I think he can recover, absolutely. He’s chasing history, he’s trying to pass Rafa. [Nadal] And roger [Federer].
“He’s small, we all know that. He’s taking a lot of things for him, but it’s clearly a stain that he’s not able to erase, whether he likes it or not.”
Djokovic left Flushing Meadows without speaking to the media, but wrote an apology on his Instagram account, stating that he “deeply regrets having caused such tension.”
McEnroe knows all too well how difficult it is to shake off the reputation of a “bad boy” in tennis and wondering what reception Djokovic will get when he returns to the Grand Slam at the French Open in Paris.
“It’s about how he will deal with moving forward,” he said. “What kind of response will they get from other players? What kind of response will they get when fans return to the playgrounds?”
“These are all issues you don’t know the answers to. I’m just amazed, amazed that he did something as bone-C, in a situation where he was the extreme favorite.”
Kyrgios started a Twitter poll
Nick Kyrgios, often referred to as the “bad boy” of the current generation of tennis, posted a tongue in cheek’s Twitter poll to ask what his punishment would be in the same situation.
“Swap me for clowns [Djokovic’s] incident. “How many years will I be banned by accidentally hitting the ball in the throat of a child?” “He asked.
Five, 10 and 20 years were options, 20 won by a considerable margin at the time of writing.
American player Tommy Paul said, “We’ll just get you out of jail.”
Former British tennis player Tim Heiman, who was disqualified under similar circumstances after hitting a ball girl at Wimbledon in 1995, believed that Djokovic made the mistake of not facing the media after the incident.
“Unfortunately he is reducing the error,” he told Prime. “He needs to face it, apologize and admit that he made a mistake. In short, running away, it’s going to move forward now.”
12-time Grand Slam winner Billy Jean King said officials made the right decision.
“First I hope Rekha judge is fine,” she tweeted. “The rule is the rule. It is unfortunate for everyone, but in this specific situation the default was the correct call.”
Djokovic was still unbeaten in 2020, setting a 26–0 record in Sunday’s match against Pablo Carreno Busta. Former tennis player Steve Darsis jokingly credited one man who was able to break Djokovic’s winning run – the line judge.