'Witch hunt': Novak Djokovic slams reaction to behaviour during pandemic

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Djokovic accuses critics of 'witch-hunt', undecided on U.S. Open

The fight between Nadal, who sees it more feasible to match Federer's 20 Grand Slams in Paris than in NY, and Djokovic could therefore resume in Madrid. "I do plan to be in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros in September".

ATP tennis should return on August 14 in Washington and continue with the Cincinnati tournament moved to New York (August 22-28) and the US Open.

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic believes he was unfairly trashed in the media for the COVID outbreak at his recent tennis tournament ... comparing criticism to a "witch hunt".

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The Serbian star was hammered for his behaviour during the tour, especially after photos of a shirtless Djokovic at a Belgrade nightclub circulated online. Recently he got into a spat with Dominic Thiem (one of the players who played the Adria Tour) on Twitter following the latter's interview dissing the Australian for his constant critique. Last month, the 17-time grand slam champion bemoaned the strict protocol in place for players who come to NY, with Djokovic bothered by the inability to go to Manhattan or bring his entourage.

Clearly, Djokovic took heavy fire for throwing tennis events in Croatia and Serbia with tiny to no social distancing or any valuable protocols to forestall the unfold of coronavirus.

"Lately I have seen only criticism, and a lot of it malicious", began Djokovic. Someone has to fall, some person, some big name to be the main culprit for everything.

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Fans in Zadar were ordered by the Croatian government to stay two meters apart but the final, due to feature Djokovic and Russian Andrey Rublev, was called off after Dimitrov tested positive for the virus.

Nick Kyrgios has been the most vocal in criticizing those involved, while Dan Evans said Djokovic had set "a poor example" by staging the event during a pandemic.

"I fully support the USTA wish to hold tournaments in Washington, Cincinnati and the US Open, because it is very important for survival of many tennis professionals", the 17-time Grand Slam victor said. Personally, I don't have that kind of pressure that the others feel and of course I understand them because vast majority need to play now and earn money.

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