Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic ‘blames’ Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for his poor form
In Tennis Today, a newspaper claims that Novak Djokovic is blaming his biggest rivals for his current slump, but all is not as it seems.
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What’s in the news
According to the Mirror, Novak Djokovic is ‘blaming’ rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for his patchy form.
The world number one had a tough Sunshine Double, culminating in a shock defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Miami Open.
The Mirror’s headline promises to tell you ‘why Novak Djokovic is blaming Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for shock defeat’.
What they actually tell you, is what Djokovic said after his loss.
“I mean, just had, you know, way too many things off the court,” Djokovic is quoted to have said.
“I guess that affected me a little bit on the court.”
He added: “I didn’t feel my best health-wise, as well, in Indian Wells and here. You know, still rusty, but, hey, look, you learn that’s life.”
No mention of either Federer or Nadal, and the Mirror simply make a cheap connection to Chris Kermode’s removal as ATP chief.
Djokovic had a role to play there, as the chairman of the Player’s Council, and Nadal and Federer have both criticised him for a lack of consultation, but it’s still something of a leap.
Anyway, there you go.
What’s on social media
Nick Kyrgios announced some bad news, especially if you’re a fan of controversy.
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 27, 2019
He also found some time for some trademark humility too, though…
Lost the match, but I won the consolation prize of best tweener of all time (the commentator said so, so it has to be right, right?) haha 😂
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) March 26, 2019
Anna Kournikova just can’t seem to stop posting videos of herself dancing at the moment.
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Tennis TV reminded us of Roger Federer’s magic hands.
Benoit Paire tried his best to get his smolder going.
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