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Boris Becker explains in the podcast The Yellow Off the Ball: Novak Djokovic is “emotionally attacked”

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“I’m the first to understand when you have stress with the press. I still have some of that to this day,” says Eurosport expert Boris Becker in conversation with podcast presenter Matthias Stach. The three-time Wimbledon champion is alluding to Djokovic’s statements in an interview with the Serbian newspaper “Blic”.

He generally sees the media as “hostile,” said Djokovic, who is angry that he is often asked about his vaccination status. “I have no words to describe the media. They spread fear and panic among people – and I don’t want to be part of it.”

In addition, it makes no difference what he says. “The answers are turned around in your mouth,” complains the 34-year-old. The question of whether or not he would be vaccinated against the corona virus was “inappropriate” anyway.

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However, it can happen that he will only be allowed to defend his title at the Australian Open in January if he is vaccinated.

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The local authorities have not yet made a final decision. Djokovic, however, sends different signals. On the one hand, he wants to take part in his “most successful Grand Slam tournament”, but on the other hand, he doesn’t know whether he’s going there.

In the worst case, he would have to disclose his vaccination status.

Becker: Djokovic mourns this chance

Becker, however, has a completely different assumption, which is why the superstar is currently so contentious. “Novak always realizes what a huge chance he didn’t use in the final of the US Open,” remembers the 53-year-old of the lost final against Daniil Medvedev. If he had won, Djokovic would have overtaken Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with his 21st major title. It was “a big emotional problem for him” that it didn’t work out, according to Becker.

Becker admits: “Djokovic seems emotionally attacked”

So what to do

“I hope he’ll play again soon, because I think he’ll be clearer when he goes back to business and plays tennis and tournaments again.” Djokovic currently seems “emotionally very attacked”.

Becker knows what he’s talking about. Germany’s tennis legend coached the Serbs successfully from 2013 to 2016, and the relationship is still very good.

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And Becker has another tip for Djokovic. The number one in the world should realize how positive and empathic the audience at the US Open were with him this year. “The standing ovations he received during the final were good for him – and should make it clear to Novak that he is on his way to be loved in the fall of his career.”

The sometimes difficult relationship that the industry leader has with fans at some of the biggest tennis events is a constant theme. Becker believes that this could now develop into a happy ending. “The respect for his performance was always there, but now you also feel for him emotionally.”

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Podcast – The yellow from the ball: Becker analyzes Djokovic’s situation

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