Novak Djokovic Blames Hormones For Getting Involved In The Equal Prize Money Debate
by Staff | March 22nd, 2016, 9:48 pm

After 48 hours of reading the wreckage started Sunday by Ray Moore and himself at Indian Wells, Novak Djokovic decided he wanted to clarify things tonight. In a statement this evening, Djokovic said the controversial comments he made Sunday were not his true view on the prize money issue. That’s because hormones (like the women deal with) and euphoria got the best of him after his win over Milos Raonic.

His new take on the subject is men and women alike should fight for their money.

Dear all,
I typically use this page to share my excitement with you, especially after big wins.

But this time I had to take a few deep breaths before addressing you. As you may have seen, I was asked to comment on a controversy that wasn’t of my making. Euphoria and adrenalin after the win on Sunday got the best of me and I’ve made some comments that are not the best articulation of my view, and I would like to clarify them.

As you all know, I care deeply about the future of the game and all of the players. Tennis helped me so much in my life and being where I am today, I felt the need to speak about the fairer and better distribution of funds across the board – this was meant for both men and women. We all have to fight for what we deserve. This was never meant to be made into a fight between genders and differences in pay, but in the way all players are rewarded for their play and effort.

Tennis is a sport that I love and that gave me the opportunity to help others who still have a long way to go to achieve their dreams. This was my view all along and I want to apologize to anyone who has taken this the wrong way.

Did he make things clearer? Is he for or against equal pay? Will the PC police get off his back? Will he ever be loved like Roger and Rafa? Does this help him win the French? And will he be able to get his hormones under control before his first match in Miami Friday night?

Unfortunately, there will be more as earlier today both Serena and Andy Murray put pressure on Djokovic.

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37 Comments for Novak Djokovic Blames Hormones For Getting Involved In The Equal Prize Money Debate

Vami Says:

Enough of this! Novak’s PR team looked at the damage from (unjustified) media attacks and decided to write the above. It’s like a not-guilty person making a deal to get out of prison. End of story.

MMT Says:

The issue is being framed as an issue of fairness, or a moral issue, when, I believe it is purely economic. As such, the men are in a worse bargaining position, and the result is this back tracking from Djokovic.

While I don’t agree with his original opinion, I also don’t agree that women “deserve” equal pay – it’s an economic question that the market should answer. As it stands now both parties benefit sufficiently, so they split the prize money down the middle.

The minute it’s of benefit for (who are we kidding) the men to make more on their own – for example if sponsors begin abandoning tennis regardless of gender – they’ll do it, and that’s as it should be.

This is, after all, not a social experiment, but a business.

chrisford1 Says:

Vami – Quite right. Novak’s spin on the POW who did nothing wrong fighting for his side – pressured into making an apology tour. “Of course I am sorry for bombing the noble. peaceful people. (An aside to the guards “psst, I said what you wanted to demonstrate correctness, I haven’t eaten in 3 days, now can I have a rice ball and a smelly bit of fermented fish?? Please?”) Or said in the classic “I’m sorry what I said is construed by you as offending you somehow”.

mat4 Says:

If I understood well, he basically just repeated what he already said, but in a PC way.

billy boy Says:

When will the boo-ing commence during tournaments?

Ahfi Says:

Ha ha ha ha… lol … just like I thought and said in a previous post. This is too good to be true. I knew his ‘hormones’ were acting up…..

Wog Boy Says:

Pity he can’t tell them what he really thinks and that is to FO..including some posters here..

Ben Pronin Says:

Novak just can’t win. What’s up with this title?

Sean Randall Says:

Ben, no he can’t he’s trying to win public support but he never seems to.

When was the last time Federer or Nadal had to apologize.

Djokovic said it, saw some backlash so he tried to clarify. But the above statement goes nowhere in my opinion.

He would have been better off just keeping his mouth shut and wait for Federer, Nadal, etc to comment, then jump in.

It would be funny if Federer and Nadal said the same thing Novak said on Sunday.

But they’ll probably go the PC way — “Of course I’d like to see equal prize money, but it’s really up to the tours and the tournaments to decide what’s best for them. And it’s important to have fair and proper distribution at all levels.”

jane Says:

sean, it’s the media though, don’t you think? they are so quick to vilify novak. i don’t think it’s equal treatment for all by the media.

and no one is acknowledging that novak didnt have days or even hours to clarify and measure his response. instead, his words are twisted, he’s the villain, and others are heroes.

it really freaks me out how things have changed. i mean, “back in the day” – lol – someone like sampras or davenport might’ve said something in a presser and you wouldnt hear about it for at least a day, and only then if you read the sports pages and/or it was a “big deal” and thus was run on television.

now, players presser comments are tweeted *during their press conference* itself, so that there is literally no time to digest or think or understand any nuances.

but it’s not just that. i find most of the reporters are ill informed. they don’t go to pressers with research or prepared questions by and large. they go the way the wind is blowing. their questions are baiting and controversial because they are looking for spin. they don’t even want to get “to the bottom” of an issue.

they also go as fanboys.

they fuel fires and conflict. or go with pre-conceived responses.

it’s a sad state of affairs imo.

players are PR’d extensively, or they have to be careful, or there are regular fires that flame up and then die away again. like match fixing. like sharapova. like a million other “controversies.”

and it’s not about feminists or PC or whatever (so please anti-feminists, stay away…)

it’s about the media and “instant news” with no consideration, filtering, etc. that’s what’s at issue imo, and yet no one talks about it.

skeezer Says:


Times have changed. Technology did that. We along with it. It is what it is. There were judgments thrown out here both ways and sideways within hours when this thing was out. Oh the good old days ;)

Sean Randall Says:

Jane, yup, much different now than back in the day. Everything these days is in real time. 10 years ago Moore would still have a job right now – eventually he’d probably get let go, but not this quickly.

So public figures have to be extra, extra guarded of their comments. That’s just the nature of the beast.

Federer has the gift, where he rarely says anything controversial. Nadal and Murray are also mostly PC.

But Djokovic has that history. With his dad, with those retirements when he was younger, the Roddick incident at the US Open and the very fact he has to stand next to Federer and Nadal who have been model citizens for the most part plus legends.

So I don’t think this was media driven, I didn’t really see the outrage the day he made the comments. Only in the last 24 hours when Serena and Murray attacked him did he them “attempt” to clarify.

jane Says:

skeezer I am not a Luddite, not against technological change. I just think journalists should have to adhere to ethical standards and a modicum of objectivity

jane Says:

Sean the outrage was immediate – on Twitter and articles
As for the model citizens that is debatable ;)

Giles Says:

Oh poor joker, getting some flack for a change? Boo hoo!

Van Persie Says:

Well…the media thing. At the end and of his career and afterwards, that will not matter much.
Victories are sweeter, when you have the feeling that almost everybody is against you.:)

Margot Says:

So does this make Nole a “daddy’s boy?”
Just askin’.

George Says:

@Sean Randall: Djokovic does not have history you think he does; his and his family behaviour was 100% fine. Just, you don’t get him. For you, he is lost in translation.

MMT Says:

It seems to me he was asked about Ray Moore’s comments about the men carrying the women, and HE veered off into his contention that men deserve more prize money at the moment.

The whole thing about hormones came up to bolster his appreciation and respect for women playing tennis professionally, but again, he brought that up on his own. It’s not like somebody asked, “Hey Novak: do you think women’s hormones make it harder for them to play tennis professionally?”

When Tsonga made similar comments:

He also got hammered:

But he wasn’t #1 in the world at the time. I don’t recall Federer or Nadal saying things perceived as badly as this, but I’m sure someone will have a long list at the ready.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think what he said was such a big deal.

Sean Randall Says:

Margot, could be!

Jane, all the outrage was toward Ray Moore. I didn’t see BJK or the WTA or going after Novak.

George, fair enough.

Sean Randall Says:

MMT, bad luck for Novak, the timing couldn’t have been worse. But those kind of words from a No. 1 are a big deal, though.

I’ll be really interested to hear what Federer and Nadal have to say (or not say). The sooner they speak their mind the better for Novak as the media will move on to them. Unless Roger/Rafa publicly take issue with Djokovic also.

George Says:

@Sean Randall: I don’t think that Djokovic said anything inappropriate, as opposed to Moore. He is just (deliberately?) misunderstood. I suggest that if Federer said exactly the same thing, he would be praised for supporting women.

Margot Says:

That’s shocking Jalep. TBH I was surprised at Andy’s “dig” at Stakovsky, but it’s clear now why.
Who got the “hot potato” you reckon? Hard to judge, but Gimmelgob?

Vami Says:

Novak has never been and will never be treated fairly by media.
As a young guy he was controversial in his behavior, not mean or anything, just different. That didn’t go well with super conservative tennis establishment.
Him coming from a pariah state and using every opportunity to proudly remind everyone of his roots (unlike let’s say Ivanovic) wasn’t helping his media image either. There was a reason why Adidas dropped him, he was perceived as a too high risk investment.
He didn’t and doesn’t care. All what he cares about is tennis. But tennis is a big business. He had to hire one of the world leading PR firms to clean up his image (nothing was wrong with him to start with, it was all about the optics). Before, his photos in papers used to show exclusively inhuman grimaces during the matches. That sticks with a casual reader. After he hired the firm suddenly you could see a more positive views on him, holding trophies etc. They know their business. Even “he deserves more love…” articles started appearing, like he started winning yesterday, not already being in the same position 4-5 years. Novak, or any other top player out there can’t often speak his mind as that would affect their sponsors
But people never look at circumstances surrounding the players, they don’t start from the same position and are never treated the same. Fans of other players (anybody but Novak camp) couldn’t wait for something like this this to happen. Right or wrong it doesn’t matter. Let’s hit him.

Vami Says:

Except for Moore’s comment almost everybody else beat the potato. But guess what, the judge was a woman!
The issue here is not sexisam; why do you keep bringing that back?

Sean Randall Says:

George, I actually supported Novak’s original stance. Good for him, taking the lead on a hot-button, toxic issue.

And as I said, I’m very interested to hear how Roger handles it.

(Maybe Roger’s wishing he never decided to play!)

Van Persie Says:

Staks comment was really stupid…he should keep his daughter at home, if he will have one.

I will share a link with a beautiful song from Conchita Wurst, Eurovision winner:

Tolerance and peace!

jalep Says:

Amy loves Delpo and loves tennis – she’s a good tennis fan and has a wonderful sense of fun. And a good point about the potato. 😊

Why so serious, Vami? I didn’t post that link with you in mind. My apologies.

jalep Says:

I’d say Gimmelstob, Margot. But that was years ago, I believe. You hope some of those thoughts grow up – he likely regrets those words by now in more than one way.

jane Says:

i don’t mind amy f. overall, but she has said on twitter that she hates novak, so there’s that.

jalep Says:

There is no control for that anywhere, jane. She doesn’t seem obsessed about being anti-Nole, at least I haven’t noticed it yet. I post on Tenngrand – there’s a lot of anti-Noleism there from the comment section. But if they don’t go on and on…and on. I can co-exist with it. There’s a lot of anti-fedism. The Rafa fans for the most part are tennis fans and there’s enough balanced and knowledgeable fans to make it enjoyable. That’s all I can ask on the internet, I guess after all these years.

Sorry, I shouldn’t have posted the link. Again, I apologize. Thought is was interesting to see the comments from those ATP players in one place. And I’m a sucker for potato’s!

George Says:

@Sean Randall: You are excellent. Better than most of your peers.

Sean Randall Says:

Thanks George, I have no interest in being just equal.

anki Says:

Let’s do the talking on the court eh Novak. Wish he would stop being kind to the media and put them in their place for a change.

Okiegal Says:

@anki says: “Let’s do the talking on the court”….well, he has been!!! I don’t see anyone who can beat him atm…..he is in beast mode. Plays just as hard as he has to, to win! I actually see him winning the other three biggies!! Only an injury can stop him imho…..I don’t mean that in a hateful manner……he is just that good right now….Who is capable of putting the stopper on him?? I can think of no one….. Milos couldn’t!

emilia Says:

If media want to degrade someone, it is easy. This is just what they have been doing with Novak most of the time. There is no justice and objectivity in this world.

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