Felix Auger-Aliassime’s coach Frederic Fontang feels Novak Djokovic must improve his on-court behavior as he is the World no.1 in global sport. Djokovic is followed by millions of people around the globe and one feels it doesn’t send the right signal when the Serbian losses his cool on the court.
Djokovic had thrown his racquet in the stands in the Bronze Medal match against Spain Pablo Carreno Busta after he let his frustration out. In fact, World no.1 had also smashed his racquet into the nets pole after he was trailing in the match.
This was not the first time when Djokovic reacted in such a manner on the court and he often losses his temper. Ergo, it is one of the reasons for Djokovic not receiving the support he deserves despite being a top player. On the other hand, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are highly respected by the fans for their on-court antics.
“Novak is the World No. 1 in a global sport; to see him throw his racket at the Olympics is not acceptable, no matter how disappointed he is,” Fontang said in a conversation with Welovetennis.com. “He is a star who is watched by the whole world, he must set an example.”
Meanwhile, Fontang recalled the time when he saw Djokovic in action for the first time. Frederic added it was difficult to predict that the Serbian will have such an impressive career but he was always ambitious.
“My first memory about Djokovic goes back a long way: he was a junior and I was taking care of Jérémy Chardy,” Fontang said.
“He was already very expressive on the court and very professional off the court. His backhand was also well drilled.”You couldn’t predict such a career, but it was clear he was ambitious. To answer the question, I would say that his record is unassailable. However, I can understand that some of his reactions are not appreciated.”
Djokovic had a stellar season in 2021 as he win three slam titles but he has decided to pull out of Indian Wells Open.