Novak Djokovic Admits A Personal (Marital?) Issue Derailed His Wimbledon
by Tom Gainey | August 27th, 2016, 11:07 am
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During his pre-tournament presser Friday at the US Open. Novak Djokovic revealed he was dealing with a personal issue during his loss to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon third round.

“It’s tough to go back now and talk about that,” Djokovic said. “It was nothing physical. It’s not an injury. It was some other things that I was going through privately.

“We all have private issues and things that are more challenges than issues, more things that we have to encounter and overcome in order to evolve as a human being,” he said. “That was the period for me. It happened right there. Was resolved and life is going on like everything else.”

Some media outlets have speculated an issue with wife Jelena who wasn’t in his box during the Querrey match.

As for his current issue, his left wrist, he says it’s getting better.

“The wrist hasn’t been in ideal start for the last three and a half weeks, but I’m doing everything in my power with obviously the medical team to make sure that I’m as close to 100% as possible during the course of this tournament, at least for the beginning of it.

“It happened actually in Rio, just few days before the start of the tournament. I did experience this for the first time in my career. Never had this particular wrist injury before. I played against Del Potro, who unfortunately was absent from the tour for the wrist injury himself.

“Yeah, after undergoing certain treatments I’ve gotten better. I’m just hoping that Monday when the tournament starts I’ll be able to, as I said, get as close to the maximum of executing my backhand shot as possible.”

Djokovic begins his quest for a third US Open title Monday night against former Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz.


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77 Comments for Novak Djokovic Admits A Personal (Marital?) Issue Derailed His Wimbledon

Humble Rafa Says:

Compared to these women, Xisca is a doll. I am grateful for that.


AndyMira Says:

Wimbledon is the past..and we already know who’s the winner and it’s nothing to do with Novak anymore..and i think this article just want to goad us to discuss the issues that is not ours to discuss..and i suggest we don’t do that in respect to Novak and his family..

PS..Question to Mr Tom Gainey..how do you feel if your marital status or problem to be put here for public discussion?


Pamela Says:

Well said AndyMira


Humble Rafa Says:

Marital problem, especially when you as a world No.1 talk about it in a nuanced way, it okay for public discussion.

#humblethoughts


AndyMira Says:

Thanks Pam..i’m a little bit surprised actually when i saw the thread…since when TX put up a very personal issue for discussion?Or is it just Novak?2,3 weeks ago about an unfortunate poster who continously been allowed here and posted his trash about novak and now this…Come on!


Anki Says:

Not this again, personal issues doesn’t necessarily mean marital problems. Novak should have just said Sam was the better player.


Ocean view Says:

I do think that tennis fans are not interested in rumors, but let’s not forget that Novak talked about this himself. If you check on other posts, you will read a lot more. Let me reset the stage, however, on what Novak ‘s early loss meant to him: he was going for a record number of GSs in a row and keeping his calendar slam alive! The Daily Mail had a story about Novak with a mystery woman in LA, which
turned out not to be so innocent. Does that mean he would have won Wimbledon, obviously not, but he was clearly out of sorts. It might also explain his obnoxious behavior in Rome. I am glad that things have been settled, however. He has a lovely family.


Okiegal Says:

@Humble Rafa……Your comment @ 11:19 is the only thing you have ever posted that I can agree with, his girlfriend is a doll……spot on! I will bet she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Rafa is a lucky man…….


J-Kath Says:

Ocean View

You mention the Daily Mail…are you UK based? There are very few of us posting on Tennis X which is simply why I am curious.
If you’d rather not say, fine.


Vince Says:

got tested positive?


chrisford1 Says:

It is one thing to hold this (IMO fairly ridiculous standard) that tennis etiquette demands that no player or match be analyzed for an impairment affecting it lest the win be “tainted” – and honestly discussing the F___ing obvious.

Meaning Rafa had real back problems in the 2014 AO Final and that was a factor in Stan’s easy win, and the truth is the truth and Stan and his fans should be big enough to accept the win was not all due to Stan’s great play. And following that, Djokovic rampaged through his half the Draw at the 2014 French Open but was visibly ill for the anticipated final with Rafa. And anyone with a brain saw it.

Weaknesses determine outcomes in sports as assuredly as strengths do. And that is not excuse-making unless done by a player or team that loses but has a reason why they lost that was out of their control each and every time.

I imagine in time Djokovic will let out what is personal problem was once it is fairly well in the past. And do so fully confident he has not broken some immutable Code of Silence that has to be in place forever lest Sam Querrey is robbed of His Glory.


Ocean View Says:

J-Kath, I am in the US, but I admit to reading the UK papers online. I read the serious press, but sometimes take a peek at the Daily Mail. It is a guilty pleasure.


J-Kath Says:

Ocean View

I ought to have guessed you were US with “Ocean View”. My hubbie, who died of a car accident in January was from PA. and had a house in Tampa,Florida.

The main reason I dislike the Daily Mail is their very strong politic views which are so one-sided – other than that you do get a flavour of the UK. It was Andy Murray that renewed my interest in professional tennis (who also comes from Bonnie Scotland) – but I do like and am interested in a number of others.

Cheers
K


Danica Says:

Personal reasons can be any number of. Stefan, parents, brothers, bad investing… I mean, the sky is the limit. Why “personal” means “marital” is beyond me.


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s definitely Stefan, I see his eyes and he seems like a boy could trouble anyone.


Wog Boy Says:

That’s right Danica, the problem is that when you say “personal reasons” for english speaking people it means automatically marital problems, for us who are translating “personal reasons” in english can mean really anything that is happening in private life and lives of people we are surrounded with.
The reasons why Jelena wasn’t in London (if she really wasn’t there, I mean it was only third round maybe they planned for her to join in the second week) can be multiple and nothing to do with marital problems, she is in NY now, I think they are based in Jersey?


Wog Boy Says:

“The Daily Mail had a story about Novak with a mystery woman in LA, which
turned out not to be so innocent.”

It wasn’t any mistery woman but friend of Nole and Jelena and usual rubish form Daily Fail:

Contrary to the newspaper’s gossipy tone, Padukone has played an exhibition tennis match with Djokovic and Roger Federer in the International Premier Tennis League 2014 and was also spotted with Djokovic’s wife in 2015.”

http://mashable.com/2016/03/10/daily-mail-deepika-padukone/#mTBryRV2HOqr


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ “Contrary….” is the quote from that link.


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal

I like Humble Rafa – his statements are so “tongue-in-cheek” they have never struck me as serious…he gives me a laugh as he spares no-one….ah well vive la difference!


Travis Bickle Says:

Wog Boy,

That Indian actress from your link is beautiful!
I can see how any normal guy would be tempted to have an affair with her.

And, at least for me, she is way sexier than Novak’s wife. No comparison!

Tat said, Novak as a declared christian, should be monogamous and have sex only with one women for the rest of his life.
Hard to do for anyone as human beings are not wired to be that way – we are inherently polygamous!

In any case, even if (and I say it as a big IF) he banged Deepika, his wife seemed to have forgiven him – probably because it was nothing more than a one night stand. Water under the bridge, and happens to everyone – I’m sure other tennis players had one night stands and cheated on their wives/girlfriends and no one is talking about it (examples that come to mind are Federer with Gavin Rossdale and Rafa Nadal with Juan Monaco – similar unsubstantiated rumours like Djoker and Deepika)… or even Andy Murray – you know what they say about Scotsmen and sheep ;-)

This reminds me of a Scotsman joke I’ve heard recently (and I CAN tell it since my mother is Scottish):

A Scotsman comes home with a sheep under his arm and says: “Honey I would like you to meet the pig that I sleep with when you say you have a headache.”

His wife looks up and says: “You idiot, can’t you tell the difference between a pig and a sheep.”

He says: “I wasn’t talking to you.”


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

:)))

I jwill ust add something to your thought:

“Hard to do for anyone as human beings are not wired to be that way – we are inherently polygamous”
….and particulary hard if you are Serbian.

I’ll tell what my grandmather use to tell to my first wife:

“It doesn’t matter where your husband is having his lunch as long as he comes home for a dinner.”


J-Kath Says:

Travis: Because your mother is Scottish means No Way Should You Confess to a Non-Existent (flat) Joke. Your Mother can’t be Scottish otherwise she would have called you Macbeth. And the bet you’ve put on the US 2016 Champion is on Roger Federer. Good luck with that.

Sleep well. And Scot Wha Hae to you too.


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

We have those jokes about Kiwis, but then again lot Scotish people settled in NZ (sorry JK:) like my Kiwi friend who told me those jokes and his ancestors were from Aberdin:
__________
Why does New Zealand have some of the fastest race horses in the world?
Because the horses have seen what they do with their sheep..

How do New Zealanders practise safe sex?
They put a cross on the ones that kick.
__________


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy:

It’s a long time since grandmother’s days.! I understood women now have the vote? Maybe I am wrong.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy:

Suggest you stop when you are still ahead.??? Aberdin? – Aberdeen. Or put that bottle of malt whisky (or whatever) down the sink. Or put your Wife on this thread!!!!!


J-Kath Says:

Travis & Wogboy

If you want to sour your reputations further – hurry up – it’s after midnight in civilisation.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

I was never good in spelling, and I just wrote it how it is pronounced, it’s early morning here, didn’t have a drink, not yet, but I will for lunch time, special occasion today in the nice Danny’s seafood restaurant in La Perouse (seaside suburb).
It is only jokes, Aussies and Kiwis have a go at each other regularly, so no need to get upset with us, particularly since this is “joker’ thread, we in that mood since we don’t feel a pressure of winning USO, pressure is on the other side:) Aussies have a bigger Irish influence and Kiwis have a bigger Scotish influence too.

As for my grandmother, that was joke too, our women knew how to punish unfaithful husbands even in the Middle Ages, one or the other way, no one messes up with my (our) grandmother(s).


Humble Rafa Says:

Vince Says:
got tested positive?

Yes, the Egg Lover was tested positive for another woman perfume on his body.


Ocean view Says:

J-Kath, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. I live in the DC area, but have a home at the beach. I an a long time tennis fan. I have had several favorites over the years. Rafa is my current favorite, but I am very fond of Andy Murray. This is Andy’s time and I have never seen him play better. Rafa and Andy are very good friends. Andy is at least a co-favorite for the Open.


Ocean view Says:

Travis Bickle, Do you have proof of your comments on Rafa and Roger? The Daily Mail had photos of Novak and the Indian actress in LA. I would not care if Roger and Rafa are gay or bi-sexual, but find it distasteful for your to make those statements without evidence.


Ocean view Says:

Wog Boy, If you read today’s “Daily Mail”, you will see their story on Novak’s statement on his personal issues. It includes a photo of his wife at Wimbledon where she was sitting away from his box. The commentators noted that she was there but seated several rows back. We all thought that it was a bit strange at the time.


lakie Says:

So Djokovic wants us to believe that he wouldn’t have lost Wimbly but for personal issues and he wouldn’t have lost Rio but for wrist injury?


Travis Bickle Says:

J-Kath,

I thought you had sublime sense of humor, and could take a Scotsman joke… Never mind, you are still one of my favorites here ;-)

Here is something just for you in lieu of good old Scots Wha Hae…

While we sit bousing at the nappy,
And getting fou and unco happy,
We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses, waters, slaps, and styles,
That lie between us and our hame,
Where sits our SULKY SULLEN DAME.
Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
NURSING HER WRATH TO KEEP IT WARM.


Travis Bickle Says:

@Ocean view,

Your trashy tabloid shows photos of Djoker and an Indian actress and for you that constitute the proof!?!

Using the same logic, you can see many photos all over the internet showing Federer and Rossdale together as well as Rafa Nadal and Juan Monaco (on a boat) together – and there is your proof of affairs. Exactly as I said in my post at 6:24 pm.

You are either really really stupid, or are maliciously holding Djoker to higher moral standards than Federer and Nadal.

If the photo of a player with a companion together means they cheat, then Djoker banged Deepika, Federer banged Gavin Rossdale and Rafa banged Juanito… Note that in my post I called those “unsubstantiated rumours”…


Michael Says:

With the listless uninterested Tennis he played at Wimbledon especially during the second set, it was easy to discern that there were some extraneous problems affecting his overall concentration levels which reflected in his body language and the way he approached a match where he was impelled to do a catch up.


Margot Says:

In the spirit of this thread I’ll quote that wise and sensible man, Paul Newman: Why should I go out for burger when I can have steak at home?
Problem is Nole has said, “personal” which, as Danica has said, could mean absolutely anything but, in the days of the internet, will only lead to wild speculation. But I read a key member of his coaching team jumped ship, that’s a “personal” reason for starters.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy and Travis

I thought my responses were in the spirit of the bad jokes. In any event, I didn’t take umbrage. No problem, except you’ll get back in spades what you deliver. Smile now – it’s a beautiful day and I’ll finish painting my shed in the garden and I’ll get another serious dose of bug bites.

Ocean view:

Re: Travis. He can be very amusing – don’t take him seriously. Laugh with him or laugh at him.


J-Kath Says:

Travis

Thank you for your poem – the lady in question has a name rather close to mine for comfort…but never mind, I’ll nurse my wrath until the next time.


Van Persie Says:

Was fun to read the comments on this threa.

I very much doupt it has something to do wiyh Deepika. The pictues from Daily mail are from March, when Nole was in California for Indian Wells.
But if is something related to Deepika, I will thank Jelena for beeng angry only during Wimbledon, at the end of June. She was patient during the clay season and everything was fine during FO. :)


Van Persie Says:

^Sorry for the many typos


Willow Says:

Novaks a great champion, and people always say one of the toughest mentally on tour, i think its just possible that Sam actually played better at W simple as that, the rest is idol tabloid speculation ….


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,

Can you please tell us the name of the “key” member of Nole coaching team that jumped the ship, or at least give us a link that you read?

VP,

Well noticed, IW was in March and Wimbledon in June:)


Margot Says:

WB: was ages and ages ago, pre Wimbles and, if you haven’t heard, was probably a storm in a teacup anyway.


Willow Says:

Ocean View Rafa is in a stable relationship with Xisca, although shes doing a law degree and the two dont live in each others pockets because shes busy with her career, Roger is happily married to Mirka say no more, both are straight men in every sence of the word ….


Wog Boy Says:

Yes, Margot I guess it was since all the key members of his team are still in his team.


Margot Says:

WB: you still sure Becker is in place?………..;)


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

When it comes to Nole and Deepika it should be pretty much straightforward, but how do you know in the case of the other two that it wasn’t the other way around, I mean I am talking about banging?


Wog Boy Says:

Margot,
Becker was in Rio wearing Serbian jersey in Nole’s box when he lost to Delpo, how much more prove one need?


Margot Says:

Willow: it’s 2016, it really doesn’t matter if they’re gay or straight, who cares? Nole’s private life should remain private and so should everyone else’s. And you really shouldn’t bite on TB’s hook. He’s a great fisherman. And no, that’s not another sexual innuendo either!


Margot Says:

WB: just teasing yer…;)
I see a comment is awaiting the mod’s attention. Quite surprising what triggers it. Comment is totally innocuous.


Wog Boy Says:

On the other note Margot, I will be in your beloved Wales mid October, so I am inviting al of you British ladies for a drink, I don’t know yet which town I’ll be in, but I’ll let you know in due time.


Okiegal Says:

I didn’t know who Deepika was…….so Googled it and came up with a pic of a ravishing beauty…..gorgeous! If I were Jelena, prolly claw her eyes out. LOL…… If he was having an innocent meal with this beauty and photos of them made the papers, I can see Jelena getting a little testy about it…..but we really don’t know what the situation was. One thing’s for sure……it will all come out in the wash in due time, especially if it’s marital woes…..


Humble Rafa Says:

I didn’t know who Deepika was…….so Googled it and came up with a pic of a ravishing beauty

Not sure what your marital status is. It is not cool to google and admire beauty of someone who is someone else’s.

#sundayteachings


J-Kath Says:

Margot:

U R Right. Gay or straight doesn’t make any difference. But what a coincidence… 10 minutes ago my 21 year old nephew has announced to his Dad that he’s entering a formal gay partnership (don’t know if Church is involved) and all hell has broken loose. The command has gone out that no relative must go!!! And that he must be removed from everybody’s will.

I’ve got W’s US friends coming to stay at that time which prevents me going and from being ostracized. Apologies for posting non-tennis comments….the real stuff starts tomorrow.


Margot Says:

Oh Kath what a shame! How stupid and old fashioned of his father . We are what we are sexually and must accept those we love for what they are.


Van Persie Says:

Many gays become gay, because they have an abusive “alfa” in their families. I do not have a pronlem with them, but I have to admit, I find gay parades disgusting….


J-Kath Says:

Yep Margot

And deep into Church too…makes you wonder about straight-forward humanity.

PS: Possibility I might get to Emirates (Davis Cup).


chrisford1 Says:

While tennis has its “sex scandals” , we really don’t know if that has anything to do with Djokovic’s admitting a personal issue got in the way of his tennis. And tennis players are choirboys and choirgirls for the most part, compared to NBA and NFL players who have a “main lady” at home and various road mamas in cities they play in and the subsequent 3 to a dozen or more “road babies” sired.
Or compared the the PGA and LPGA Tours, even.

But within tennis…yes Djokovic is a superstar, possibly te best player the sport has ever seen ….but some of the “scandals” are well known. The groupies of the 70s and 80s. The coke snorting supermodels that were a common sight on some player’s arm in the 80s and 90s. The media has a lot more they could write about in the way of romantic woes and cheating breaking up some famous womans double teams that mixed work and pleasure – but they won’t write about those wars. Not allowed.


Vince Says:

Best player? What a joke


Okiegal Says:

@Humble Rafa…….Thanks for the advice….I became a widow on Oct. 14, 2015 the exact date of our 48th wedding anniversary. I wasn’t lusting after her…..want to make that clear! Lol. I just got in from church, btw.


Danica Says:

Okie,
Very, very sorry :(


MADMAX Says:

What a gossipy thread this is, everyone professing to know what is going on in a tennis player’s personal life.

You should all mind your own business and get on with your own personal lives.

As for reading the Daily Mail, Wog boy, it says it all.


Okiegal Says:

@Danica…..Thank you so much…..it has been a rough year…..but I am managing to get by. Getting ready to go on a 3 to 4 week road trip. I have some dear friends who have invited me to go with them…..leaving Thursday and I am very excited. Thanks again!


Willow Says:

Margot sexuality doesnt matter was my actual point your quite right, and i meant to add at the end not that it would matter anyway just forgot, anyway not biting on anything either just giving some feed back on the post from Ocean View, so why the tone ? ….


Willow Says:

Okie hope you enjoy your road trip, you deserve a good break, i only wish you were visiting in my neck of the woods ;-)) ….


Wog Boy Says:

“As for reading the Daily Mail, Wog boy, it says it all.”

Your reading skills are failing you big time, if you ever had them and ironically English is your first language. Now go back and try to read it slowly post by post, that might help and again if you can’t get it that it was poster with the house with Ocean View that quoted Daily Mail as a proof about Nole infidelity not me, I am the one that loughed at Daily Fail, as my British friends nicknamed it.
We don’t even have that paper here so I can’t read it anyway, being from Silverton near Broken Hill you should know that, no?
Mam Max, I know you have a crush on me, but I already told you that I don’t bed desperate women, besides, I sm married..happily.. but my wife isn’t…


Daniel Says:

Well, as it seems, Sean was right. There were somethig more than just “injury”, some private issue was bothering him and we may never know it.

Glad looks like it’s in the past and he can focus on fix the wrist and plays his best again.


jane Says:

indeed daniel, indeed. none of our business anyhow.
onward, and let’s hope nole can play his best.
(unlikely, but you never know.)

wog boy, i am soooo jealous you’ll be in wales; i’d love to go there.
margot has good taste, and i know she loves that place, so it must be amazing.. <3

danica, loving your reasonable posts; hoping for a good USO.


jane Says:

madmax, gossipy, for sure. : /


Okiegal Says:

@Willow….thanks a bunch! I am looking forward to it. The friends I am going with do fly abroad on occasion. He wants to go to Russia and she wants to go England….too bad I don’t fly, she and I would go to the UK. I would love to go to Wales and chase down my ancestors who migrated from there to AMERICA…..


jane Says:

have a nice road trip okie; sometimes those are the best. you never know what you’ll discover on the way.


Margot Says:

Have a great holiday from me too OK. You never know it might inspire you to……fly! :)


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

Mam Max, I know you have a crush on me, but I already told you that I don’t bed desperate women, besides, I sm married..happily..

“but my wife isn’t…”

This should be in capitals and in bold.

Thanks for the first laugh of the morning….you are on a roll!


BBB Says:

Dunno, if Jelena was sitting away from the box, then it seems like a problem between her and someone on the team, not between her and her husband.

Anyway, he still looks out of it, and he’s like Janowicz is falling apart….


BBB Says:

Oops, he’s *lucky*.


Danica Says:

Jane,
Thanks ;). I can say the same about your posts. Always nice and balanced ;).


Sibir Says:

Tom Gainey! You’re a sphincter. I hope the Latin sounds more sophisticated.
Why you assume it was ‘marital’?

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