Sport Everybody hates Novak!? Jireh AntwiSeptember 10, 2020 Share Share Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the #USOpen after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball on Sunday. Novak Djokovic looked remorseful, but it was too late, the damage had been done. In truth, this weekend’s incident has capped off a poor summer for the Serb and has done very little to remove the ‘unlikeable’ tag placed on him. Novak Djokovic on twitter This whole situation has left me really sad and empty. I checked on the lines person and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok. I‘m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So… https://t.co/UL4hWEirWL— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 6, 2020 Dear #NoleFam thank you for your positive messages.. Please also remember the linesperson that was hit by the ball last night needs our community’s support too. She’s done nothing wrong at all. I ask you to stay especially supportive and caring to her during this time. (1/2)— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 7, 2020 The tournament favourite, a US Open title would have taken the the 33-year-old to 18 grand slams. Closing the gap on serial winners Rafael Nadal (19) and Roger Federer (20). Djokovic has the reputation as the unlikeable tennis player, In June he had to apologise for contracting coronavirus after taking part in his own tournament which he admitted was ‘too soon’ to stage. Chasing the legends that are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on titles and trophies is no easy feat but in doing so he hasn’t carried himself very well. For some of his admirers, Novak’s sheer talent is enough to ignore his on-court personality whilst for others it was a crucial part. For many, it’s not just about winning but about how you win. Djokovic frustrated with his fourth round opponent Pablo Carreño Busta at the US open Source://Reuters In terms of talent Novak is up there with the greats of our time. He has managed to keep pace with tennis greats Federer and Nadal with all three interchangeably swapping the number one position in the last few years. However, Djokovic lacks the likeability and poise that Nadal and Federer possess. Djokovic isn’t considered a ‘gentleman’ like Federer nor is he considered ‘smooth’ like Nadal. Djokovic had a similar incident in 2016 when he bounced his racket on the court out of frustration that ricocheted and narrowly missed a line judge. However, Novak’s temperament and attitude on the court doesn’t detract from his personality off the court. He certainly isn’t a bad man but poor judgement at times can be attributed to him. Line judge in shock after being hit in the throat by a tennis ball Source:// GETTY As he said in his apology this moment is something he can learn from and evolve, he’s certainly had to overcome a lot of challenges in his career. Jireh Antwi + posts Jireh Antwi is a writer for the Common Sense Network. He is of Ghanaian descent and has a keen interest in the science field having a Microbiology and Molecular biology degree which he currently uses in his career. Sports and technology are some of his passions, alongside political shenanigans. Jireh Antwi https://www.tcsnetwork.co.uk/author/jirehtcs/ Boxing Exhibition: Celebrities and Legends Jireh Antwi https://www.tcsnetwork.co.uk/author/jirehtcs/ Two Decades of Failure Come to an End for Scotland Jireh Antwi https://www.tcsnetwork.co.uk/author/jirehtcs/ Brown and Brady: The New Dynamic Duo? Jireh Antwi https://www.tcsnetwork.co.uk/author/jirehtcs/ Lewis Hamilton: Is The British F1 Phenomenon Retiring?