Novak Djokovic Dumps His Team, But Will It Matter? Or Is He Burnt Out?
by Sean Randall | May 6th, 2017, 3:45 pm
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Give credit to Novak Djokovic. At least he’s trying. Trying to get out of this slump he’s been in since completing the Career Slam almost a year ago.

Since that crowning achievement in Paris, it’s been all downhill. And in his last four events he’s made zero semifinals. So what’s a former No. 1 to do? Fire the team. Well, almost all of the team. The guy who should have been sacked — Pepe Imaz — I guess is still there, but Marian and the crew are gone.

With that, a new coaching search is underway, though apparently there’s no rush. And really, if you are thinking about coaching Novak, consider he’s about to turn 30, he’s played a lot of tennis and his wife is having a second child late this summer.

Oh yeah, and he’s openly admitted that tennis is no longer his top priority, nor is returning to No. 1!

At the end of the day, sure, a new coach or this house cleaning might provide a temporary “shock” back to form, but the reality is is that it comes down to Djokovic himself. What does he want? Does he want to put the work in to do it? Because — and Boris said it — it doesn’t look like he has that same winning desire. It looks like the flame is burning out. And this staff firing feels a last chance desperation move.

So I maintain, Novak needs a break from tennis./a>. A multi-month break. The guy has never missed a Slam, has never had an extended time away from the sport whereas his peers all have. Looks what taking six months off did for Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Venus, recently Maria Sharapova have all had breaks. Andy Murray missed the French then won his first Wimbledon!

Granted, many of those breaks were forced by injury, but time away often does make one hungry. And hell, the only two titles Novak has won since Paris both came after…breaks (Doha and Canada).

The bad news is in the near term, I don’t see Djokovic taking any time off, not with the two Slams and with 3,600 ranking points to defend in the next month.

But the good news is, I think he will have no choice once the second baby comes. And if I’m him, and I keep struggling, then when that baby arrives I take the rest of the year off. Get off the court. I find a coach and start 2018 fresh, hungry and energized.


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89 Comments for Novak Djokovic Dumps His Team, But Will It Matter? Or Is He Burnt Out?

Wog Boy Says:

” The guy who should have been sacked — Pepe Imaz — I guess is still there,”

Not that he hasn’t sacked him, but Nole trains in Marbella in Pepe’s academy when ever he can, even this Madrid preparation he was there until yesterday, even ran up the ass of another vehicle with his fiat 500 with a stupid “love and peace” message on his little fiat, Nole has been charmed by that creature, he is embarrassing himself.
Somebody on the other thread said that he was actually playing well this year, really? Playing well and not making one single SF in the last four tournaments, it wasn’t even his “B” game, he was just going through the motions without fire, without desire, fuulstopp.
The person who said Nole was playing well, should have gone to “Specsavers”, her eyesight is falling her badly.

Who on earth is going to come to coach him if they know they have first to deal with Pepe, vegan diet and control freak wife?

Just reminder for some of delusional Nole fans, Nole was almost 85kg in 2011 when he broke RR duopoly singlehandedly, he trimmed down to 80kg to preserved his body, which was smart move, but within last 12 months dropped to 75kg, which is, competitive wise, suicide. That is 10kg down from his second best year on tour and 5kg down from the best ever year in Open Era.

I love Agassi, always did (never liked Sampras and his game) and Nole’s game is completely based on Agassi game, but he must be desparate if he accepts to coach Nole.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

What can bring Agassi new to Nole’s game, as a former baseliner?
Only thing that Agassi could explain Nole is, how the divorce from Brooke Shields was a blessing for him.


Wog Boy Says:

That is excatly what he can teach him and that would be the best (life) lesson Nole would have ever received, there is a life after divorce and than he can ask Becker to come back:)


chrisford1 Says:

I don’t buy into the “only good tennis coaches must be ex-superstars” mentality, but Andre might be a very good fit. It is not to “learn Djoko to play good baseline” – but how to handle this phase of his life. Andre initially liked tennis, grew to hate it as a teen, liked the Tour and all the money and recognition , Then he soured again, but hated losing even as he “didn’t care”. And evaluated his position – if he didn’t put in good final years he knew he would hate himself later in life for just bailing..So he rededicated himself to fitness, redemption,turning Steffi, who also was a tennis prodigy that had miserable years as a young woman expected to win, always…into a huge booster of his last hard effort foray into Top 10 tennis. How the fitness and mental toughness came back..then all the winning..

We know all this because he went all over this in his acclaimed “auto” biography.


Noonen Says:

Novak is having some real problems emotionally. He never should have married or “gone with” that girl; she is not good for him. And mainly he has refused to turn to Jesus. He makes everything good and no one else can do this. Repentance and honesty draw Him near. He gives LIFE. In fact, outside Him is no life at all.


Danica Says:

THAT person has quite a good eyesight, thank you very much.

All Nole’s loses came as a result of his disheveled marbles in his head and thus, lack of confidence. All of his loses were hard fought battles where, in some, he had more points won than the eventual winner. And all of his loses, save perhaps at the AO, came from well established top 15 guys who are amazing and talented players. Needless to say that Kyrgios already took scalps from Rafa and Roger. The fact that people seem to be shocked by these results comes from unrealistic expectations. For two years straight, from the Fall of 2014 to pretty much Fall of 2016 Novak was on top, reaching almost all finals. That is a tremendous strain on even his body. But no one can keep it up at that pace. So yes, no wonder that the players who come from a multi-month play great. They are refreshed, rested, all their minor injuries and niggles are healed and taken care of, and they are eager to be back and fight for trophies.

Comments about divorce are pure garbage and not worth responding to.

Agassi is not likely to be a full-time coach. He also chooses to have his family as a priority. Like every normal person.


Wog Boy Says:

Load of excuses, pure rubbish, any more inside informations from your mum? Your eyesight as good as this one:

https://youtu.be/DV2qiOeUT9E


Wog Boy Says:

“All Nole’s loses came as a result of his disheveled marbles in his head and thus, lack of confidence.”

Agree on that one, but why did they become dishelveled? Go back to my post for the answer, thank you very much, you said it all.


Wog Boy Says:

Last but not least, arguably the best player in the last 5/6 years hasn’t take a set, A SET, from Kyrgios in two matches, lost to Goffin (great player with no big title against his name:)) after being ahead, lost to Istomin (been there in RL arena and couldn’t sleep for two nights after, paying for the hotel was the waste of money) without even decent fight, Nole is the MESS, huge MESS, but as long as he drive that stupid car with “love” and something else message to promote Pepe and love, he is ok:)
What a happy dude, in his dreams!!


Danica Says:

You are the one who is not happy, obviously.


Wog Boy Says:

As long as you you are happy and sucking up to somebody and someone..
Any inside informations from your mum?


Willow Says:

I Believe Novak will get back on the winning track, although i think the dominance and aura of invincibility are gone, and personally as i said yesterday on another thread, its nothing to do with him mentally, but to do with the other players mentally that are not intimidated by him anymore, IMO thats what it all boils down to ….


Willow Says:

As for Kyrigios hes a player that relishes taking on the top players,he has a big game, and alot of talent, and can take any of them out on any given day, depending on if his head is screwed on the right way ….


Lyle nubbins Says:

@ noonen– I think Noke has repented for what he appears to have done, that’s part of the issue, he has re-prioritized his life becAuse of it


Markus Says:

Danica @5:00 AM: Very sensible posts. Makes a lot more sense than blaming the wife for everything.


Wog Boy Says:

For those who wants to know who is going to be in Nole’s box in Madrid, it will be that creep Pepe, “Nobody loves me” Marko and some French dude, new physio.
I’ll give it miss, I have never been the fan of sects, and his box is excatly that, sect!
Now it is more than obvious that Nole’s team left him and not the other way around.


Wog Boy Says:

Anyway, good luck Tinky Winky.


Van Persie Says:

Thanks for the info, WB

Will never forget that Nole, whom I admired so much until FO 2016. Will try to forget what happened afterwards.

Have though some respect for myself, so I cannot cheer for a guy, who promotes a creep like Pepe. If my boyfriend would do so, would leave him for sure.


skeezer Says:

Someone needs to lay off the Šljivovica.


skeezer Says:

I know a fantastic player who you can get behind a cheer for(hint: he’s the GOAT), since your dumping Novak. ;)


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

No offence, Laver is no longer active, so cannot cheer for him.
Would try Zverev, but it is something abiut him, that I don’t like. No fave for the moment. Will take a break, lol


Truth Says:

Lol “Don’t be unhappy. Novak is love. Novak is life!
No one uses and abuses him at all! La di da….”

A dominant player crushed many players then turns into a mentally ill sycophant for Kyrgios to wax off the court easily.

Kyrgios is little better than Roddick Deranged Buttholemouth 2.0.
Djoker’s God compared to Kyrgios.
When you don’t see what blasphemy happened in your matches against Kyrgios, of all people, you are insane and embarrassing tennis fans (not just yourself).
This is Djoker who used to be a downright incredible player and vibrant person.
He’s not like Fedalray, who escaped with their lucky stars or were bulldozed or choked big leads 100+ times in the last decade.

Yeah, Djoker is just inferior and less talented than Kyrguos and Murray. Sureeeee…..


Czarlazar Says:

Nole’s box occupied by the effeminate loser Marko and his huggybear cult boyfriend Pepe? There’s only one way to make it even worse — to add his temperamental, plain Jane “woodchuck” wife.


madmax Says:

Wow,

Nole goes through a rough patch and his so called fans desert him.

Says more about you all than it does for him.

I have full confidence in him. Full confidence.


Danica Says:

Madmax,
Watch for their coming back with the first notable win, or God forbid, first big title.


Van Persie Says:

P.S.

As long as Pepe will be in that box, he can win 10 GS, I will not give a damn, to make myself clear. Should Pepe disapear from the picture, will cheer for him again. It is not about winning here anymore!


chrisford1 Says:

I wouldn’t call his wife a “plain Jane”. If she was, what is Mirka? Tempermental, yes, plain? No. . Possibility she henpecked him out to seek other pastures? High. Possibility she demanded lifestyle changes as he came crawling back that derailed Novak as a legend and plausible GOAT-chaser? Also high.
That the least intelligent and least talented & resourceful brother sucked Novak into having to “save Marko” from depression and adapt the peace and love BS of Marco’s guru Pepe? High. Biting the hand that feeds him.

For sure to be a sports melodrama movie sometime. The most dominant player of the last 6 years becomes as someone said, a prancing around aboutlove and peace in sunshine, flower sniffing, skinny, purse sporting Teletubbie. Its got it all, and more dysfunctional excitement to come.
Already, a red headed guy who helped Djokovic get even better, left with his pointed Kaiser helmet muttering “dumbkoft, scheisskoft”. A possible love triangle – repair of which totally derailed Novak…Sure to be in any movie is the new post-VW Lovebug…..the Fiat 500 he rear-ended a mom and sports loving son with, emblazoned with peace and love inside a heart on the side of the Lovebug…A dramatic locker room highpoint as his beloved Team with him from the start confronts him, saying they must leave, they cannot bear seeing what is happening. As Djokovic defiantly yells at them that he is happy, he has Pepe!
Off in the wings, a dramatic sports movie melodrama would have to have an entrance by the irascible Srdjan. Dad storming in, ripping Marco for messing Novak up, telling Novak he will likely not to get renewed by UniQlo as a role model now in pussified meltdown, slapping the fictional Novak across the face a few times telling him to man up. Like he, Srdjan had to do when training in blizzards for no real money back in the commie times. How he sacrificed, dodging loan sharks and rent collectors who were chasing him around Belgrade after midnight many a time, in sub-zero weather to collect on the money he spent on Novak..
Of course, such a movie might not get made because it needs a Redemption Arc. Djokovic wakes up, tossing Pepe and Marco out of his entourage, warns Jelena she is next if she stays passive-aggressive vs. supportive, starts training like “Rocky”, has a couple poignant huge wins with the audience knowing he blew his chance to equal or exceed Federer and Laver.
No one is sure there is a redemption coming.

There would have to be a part for a Judy Murray character.

About now, Djokovic might be wishing he had announced he would be off-Tour for a year due to “elbow and shoulder issues” right after Paris. He’d have kept his ranking points. Maybe his Team and his confidence.


Temple Says:

Only a year ago Novak Djokovic was a shoo in for a Calendar slam. And then he started titting (sending tits to the stands) and titting some more and then titting and pepe-ing became so despicable (and rare because he was not winning anymore) that most of his (grateful for breaking the duopoly) fans grew cold.

Not just cold, Wog Boy would be ready to give ND a good old Balkan spank, and deservedly so.

I am still watching ND’s games but I feel detached and have a premonition about Nadal, Federer, Kyrgios for the next remaining slams. Not going to bet on it though, although Nadal’s Decima is almost money in the bank.

I don’t know if Agassi can help. If he can make Novak Djokovic stop this repulsive, disgusting titting, it would be a… start.

But don’t expect a lot. Winter is coming for Novak Djokovic.


Wog Boy Says:

“Someone needs to lay off the Šljivovica.”

Never, it’s a drink made in haven, approved by God himself, besides it wasn’t Šljivovica last night it was Jameson, I celebrated the title of Sydney FC with dramatic penalty shootouts, Danny Vukovic stopping one and the best player in the A league, Milos Ninkovic scoring last one for the win, Captain Cook pub was just around the corner from the stadium and they serve Jameson, second best drink, made in haven too, approved by St Peter himself.


J-Kath Says:

WogBoy

I’m listening and sighing – Jamieson is a poor, poor second to the real McCoy – time you got to Islay to taste the real thing.

Seeing you are pee-ed off at the moment with a certain player, I’ll let you off – but not for long.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
I promised you I am coming to Scotland, at this stage it will be July 2019, preparations already started, can’t wait. Then we can discuss properly grogs, I am open for suggestions.


JM01 Says:

Depressed Marko, Fake guru and crazy wife in Novak’s box in Madrid. Lol, I will support him but all that is happening is beyond farcical. The whole of the Atp must be laughing at Novak and the media are rightfully calling out Novak this time around. I would love to hear Boris’s take on all this.


Raj Says:

Now, nole fans understand how it was for fed fans in 2013 and nadal fans in 2015..it happens to all.. nole will come back , but as dominant as before…just good titles here and there.


Raj Says:

not as dominant as before*


JM01 Says:

It is not a normal loss of form. Much much more than that.
I went through Pepe Imaz’s blog and his tennis academy site. The crap he spouts. Good Lord, that guy is either creepy as hell or is a charlatan. #SaveNovakfromPepe


Margot Says:

My goodness me, some Nole fans are in sore need of some therapy. Send for Pepe at once!
Elbow injuries are the kiss of death BTW and I’m saying that as an Andy fan and looking at the way his serve has been effected.
Nole looks burnt out to me, and Andy and Nole hit 30 this year. Anno domini.
Pepe was in box at RG. just sayin’.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Just curious how understanding and appreciative you would be, if Andy behaved like Nole during the last months…. :)

We all got it, Nole is tired, he might be injured, nobody expects him to win everything. I would be only grateful, if he was more decent…he’s really embarrassing himself.
Sorry, but he’s like a clown lately.


Van Persie Says:

“Pepe was in box at RG. just sayin’.”

Yep, and the titting started at the FO, we all hoped it was something special for that tournament.

Appreciate an honest post like the one from Temple. He’s not a Nole fan and I appreciate his honesty. Nole’s gestures are despicable lately.

Danica is right. Nole might do with his life, whatever he wants. But I believe in the freedom of speech and I have the right to say, Nole became embarrassing, at least for me. And I have the right to say that :)


AndyMira Says:

Agree with Raj….I actually feel sympathy and very very sad for Nole…when he was winning so much,there’s so many his fans complimented and be there for him..but when he’s in dark moment like this,suddenly everything is ugly…where’s the love,adoration and affection for him like before?Didn’t they know that Nole is not guilty in this?No matter how high he flies before,he has to come back down to earth because he’s only human being and has to succumbed to nature…what happen to him now is just a reason for nature to take it’s course..that’s all…

I strongly believe that he will come back…when?Don’t know…Rafa take 2 1/2 years to find his way back…Last time Roger won slam is in 2012…Novak?Only God knows the answer!…maybe there’s another 2011/15 3.0 somewhere in his back pocket??Who knows…


JM01 Says:

I have no problem with Novak losing matches, understand his injury problems very well. But his association with this charlatan pepe and all the hippy s#*t is what is bothering me. Amor y Paz, hugs, heart throwing is not what a top level pro needs. Hope he snaps out of it.


Van Persie Says:

^^ Exactly my point JM01.
Nole behaves like a teenager, who lost his path and got into the wrong entourage. But he’s 29 and will be 30, for goodness sake.
I am very grateful to Nole, for the 5-6 years, he was so professional…but it is like he would try to spoil everything now. A break would be better then that.


Van Persie Says:

And I always thought Jelena was an educated person….how can she assist on this ?????? Does she really enjoy it??


Margot Says:

VP: Andy had a very bitter divorce from Ivan and then sacked Dani. Us fans were mighty shocked, I can tell you. But I think Andy fans tend to be more laid back and que sera TBH. We accepted Andy would never reach the heights of the other 3, long ago, that , that damn second serve for a start and, quite frankly, the saner ones amongst us are astonished and grateful for what he’s achieved.
TBH I really don’t “get” all the anger about Nole. He has achieved so much a bit of gratitude might be in order instead of this horrible “blame game” some of his ex fans seem to be playing. What has he done that’s so terrible? Employ Pepe, is that it? Because, if it is….


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

I said several times, I am grateful to Nole, for everything what he achieved.
Sorry, you cannot compare Mauresmo to Pepe, it is very disrespectfull for Mauresmo!!

But I have the feeling, you are very aware about the ridicule of the situation….I find it hilarious , you are trying to lecture the disappointed Nole fans atm.


JM01 Says:

@Van Persie
If it was just loss of form, motivation and injury troubles, I would get that. But that is not the case here. Novak has been acting weird the last 10 months, spouting some right s#*t in his post match interviews, remember when he won Toronto masters he asked the crowd to hug each other, lol Nishikori looked baffled at that time and that was exactly how I felt too. Never liked that heart throwing too. Jelena doesn’t seem to be helping him. But it is upto Novak, he is 30, not a kid, so his choice ultimately. As a fan just disappointed with his choices lately, anyway let us see how the rest of the year pans out for him.


Van Persie Says:

“remember when he won Toronto masters he asked the crowd to hug each other,”

JM01, Thank God I I did not see that match.


Van Persie Says:

^^ therefore I cannot watch his matches with Pepe in the box. Pepe will smile like an idiot and Nole will behave like a puppet. To painful for me as his fan to see this.


J-Kath Says:

Margot

I don’t think it was a bitter divorce Andy with Ivan. The big bust was Andy having to choose between Amelie vs. Dani + co.

As far as Nole goes – the picture is blurred. He seems to be planning to employ another Big Name. If he does there may be a clear-out of Pepe and co.

At the moment I doubt Andy or Nole will be newsworthy for the right reasons….although I hope otherwise.


Margot Says:

VP: Not lecturing you at all. Just putting forward an alternative narrative, which I assume I’m “allowed” to do?
Also TBH really, really sick of this “blame game” which goes round and round in circles endlessly chasing/eating its own tail.
Jkath: I just think Andy and Nole are hitting 30 and their particular style of play has repercussions. Perhaps Nole isn’t handling this especially well? They need to take a leaf out of Rafa/Fed’s books and take 6 months off and come back as good as new…..well almost!


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know if these no Nole fans are playing dumb or they are really dumb, but I know for sure they are enjoying Nole’s free fall, no mistake about that.
Most Nole fans don’t have a problem with Nole losing the matches, we went through that period 2008-2010 with no problem, it is how he is losing them and sudden change in his behaviour and attitude.
He is behaving completely irrationally, he moved away from his roots and everything started last yeay around MC, that is when Pepe entered his life through back door but safest one, through his wife. Marko introduced Pepe to Jelena, she fell for his sect, then it was Nole’s turn, that wasn’t the problem when Pepe already had his wife under his spell, the rest is history. Pepe has his golden goose and enjoys it.
We, the people who followed him know very well, by watching him that he is most comfortable and cheerful when he is with his parents on holiday in Belgrade or Kopaonik. I watched his interview yesterday in Madrid, he doesn’t sound covincing about his future and plans, his eyes are wondering away and is dead giveaway about his mental state atm, everyone is pitying him and that is the worst thing that can happen to somebody, when people start to pity you that means you hit rock bottom.

VP, I don’t think there is reason to justify your feelings to anybody, particularly to no Nole fans, they are enjoying this situation since the real Nole, not this imposter Nole, gave such a spanking to their favorites for almost six years that they still have nightmares.
I can tell you by reading comments in Serbia that backlash is huge and very negative for Nole, and it is not because of the results, but because of him moving away from the roots and in to the sectarian life. There is no point talking about change in Jelena’s attitude and her bossing him around, that is so obvious, as I said, she didn’t even want to seat with Nole’s parents box nor players box during MC, she was all by herself and madr sure for everybody to see who is in charge. No surprise that his entire team decided to quit, yes, they love and respect him too much to be the part of his self destruction, of course they all made diplomatic statements after.


Van Persie Says:

“Also TBH really, really sick of this “blame game” which goes round and round in circles endlessly chasing/eating its own tail.”

Margot,

Ok, you got your point, but we are discussing on Nole’s thread. Some of us are blaming Pepe’s therapy for Novak’s weird reactions. Perhaps we are wrong, but where can we discuss it, if not here?

There are so many other threads on different tennis topics, why don’t you initiate a debate there, if this one is annoying?

J-K,

Hope you are right and if Novak gets a new Big- Name as coach, Pepe is out.


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
You are no part of my “no Nole” fans, you are to honest and straight forward person to be part of that mob.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
If you are big name coach and watching Nole with all his problems last year, non tennis problems, would you dare to touch him?


Giles Says:

IMO for what it is worth, Pepe is here to stay. As long as joker and Jelena want him around nobody and I mean nobody, will drive him away, not even a new super coach. Pepe has cast a spell on them.


Wog Boy Says:

Actually I am thinking about, one that would straighten them all and kick them out of Nole’s life….Nastase?:)

Nole doesn’t need coach to teach him tennis, he needs a coach to give him his confidence and self respect back.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

It will be a big challenge for the new coach, for sure. Am also curious, who will accept it?
Boris went away because of that….Vajda and Co resisted a few months more, as I think, they did not wanted to leave Nole, as soon as BB left. Would have been to much…perhaps they also hoped, he would change.
He behaves like a guy, who is in a silent war with almost all the closes ones.


Van Persie Says:

“Actually I am thinking about, one that would straighten them all and kick them out of Nole’s life….Nastase?:)”

Lol…he’s banned from RG and Wimby. He’s not allowed to go to Wimby, even if he buys a ticket. Perhaps he’s also not allowed to go to London. He should coach him via Skype :)


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Now, about Nasty. He is used to play the main character. He really did succeed to make it all about him during Fed cup. This guy cannot be a coach :)


Wog Boy Says:

When did they banned him? He was there last year in his Major General uniform, which he is allowed to wear legally since he rank of Major General in Romanian army.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

He should be banned this year, after the Fed cup story. by the ITF. He is now in process with the ITF. there are several articles about his ban :)


JM01 Says:

Read that Agassi could be the next supercoach. Doubt it though, Boris, Vajda and co could not deal with the fraudster Pepe, so how can Agassi. Jelena was on good terms with Boris and whole team of Novak’s. Now it is rumoured that she had fall outs with all of them. I really used to like her. Why can’t Novak’s parents intervene and do something before it is too late.


J-Kath Says:

Margot: In Andy’s case, I fear Shingles which can come and go for many years and is debilitating. If there is no marked consistent improvement by Wimbledon then ?????????

WB: I’m fine, thanks.

VP: If I were the Big Name and received an invitation from Nole – I would state my acceptance terms Very Clearly…and they would include – yes, you’ve guessed….


Van Persie Says:

P.S. WB,

But I have to admit, would be interesting to hear a discussion between Pepe and Nasty. About Amor Y Paz. lol

Ok, am off now, have to work a bit.


Wog Boy Says:

JM01,
That’s what I don’t understand too. Most influential person in his life was actually his uncle, Srdjan brother, he doesn’t have a kids on his own so he dedicated himself to “la famiglia”, he was instrumental in every aspect of Nole’s career, maybe he is smart enough to know you can’t do much while pressure cooker is stil cooking, you have to wait and to let the steam out before deal with it or you might get burned.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

I am sure it wouldn’t be much of discussion, in no time Pepe would be flying through the window..closed one:)


JM01 Says:

@Wog Boy His parents were at MC, thought they could talk him out of this hippy stuff. Also heard Boris saying he talked to Novak while in MC.
The only ones who are trying to justify what Novak is doing are a few rival fans and that says it all really. What a useless PR team he has got btw, can’t they report to him the criticism he is getting on social media..Bit of a laughing stock now .


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know, JM01.


washbowl Says:

For everyone who made the divorce advice, I cannot imagine how someone can come up with such a dum and selfish idea. Just because you loves his game it does not mean that he has to break up with his family just to win another one or two or whatever numbers of slams to make you fans happy. It is perfectly fine that one prioritises his personal life over his professional life, in the end the family is what one will spend his life with.


Margot Says:

Nobody is trying to “justify” anything. Just trying to explain what’s going on, rather than play this horrible blame game.
Nole has always seemed very religious to me and perhaps Pepe is the next step.
After all The Beatles tried it when they came to realise that in spite of gaining immense fame and fortune, it wasn’t enough.


Truth Says:

Did I read it right? Margot was lecturing people about how they behaved.
Like stay away from alternative facts and stop talking like Donald Trump?
Here she is preaching about sanity, gratefulness to poor Murray and Djoker.
Wasn’t she so freaking over the moon, happy that Murray was #1 over pathetic Djoker?
No one questioned Djoker and his lethal Pepe bromance, nasty, less than genius wife, demands of hugs in the crowd and heart throwing on court.
After he failed to “practice psychology” and make Marko a doubles tennis star, Djoker had a meltdown.
Let’s show gratefulness for the LOVELY Djoker behavior, shall we?!!!
Make Federer and his fanatics more arrogant than ever!
Either Djoker won’t even win 2 slams, or he’ll win 45 more events, including 8 Slams!
Let’s see how grateful the Fedalray fans will feel for Djoker in 2023.


Truth Says:

Either his brother Marko and Pepe do good things to keep him grounded in reality, or they do crap to slowly destroy him. Currently, there is no middle pleasant level for him.
He fired the non-sycophants and they are sick of his surrendering on court.

I know I’d rather trust birds than many human beings, so If I can’t respect myself, I’d better find human beings that’d help to destress & make me feel alive again.
Djoker is trying to force laughter and joy that aren’t there.
Tennis is not a chore when you’re that talented and loved.


Van Persie Says:

Well Margot, there lies a big conflict in Nole. Deep down he’s still very religious and the BS, what Pepe is offering, …it’s just BS.
Please do not laugh, but a good priest, a very good one (good priests are the best psychologues, in my opinion) could help him.


Van Persie Says:

And I do not mean he needs a priest, in order to get slams, but to find his peace again.


Truth Says:

He is Tennis God.
He needs strong, very smart, real people.
Becker wasn’t strong enough to hang around, and he didn’t go through many media insults like Djoker did. Djoker’s the unintimidating laughingstock now.
His brother Marko and Jelena aren’t as smart & talented as they believe they are.
They welcome crap lies to brainwash the easily brainwashed Djoker.

Not fake God worshippers that shove new fantasies in his brain.
Life is too short for more lies.
The church preachers that cram religious crap down his throat aren’t interested in anything but praise and money. He doesn’t to be a weak little brainwashed follower.

I’ve seen insane people and schizos that used the fake God to dive deeper into delusional rants and sick hallucinations.


Truth Says:

*need to be a weak


Daniel Says:

I don´t know, maybe you are all right and there is no turning back for him. I just think he is too good of a player and things shift pretty fast in tennis. Only one good tourney, maybe 2-3 battle matches where he wins and it can trigger it in him again.

After RG last year he was relieved, that throphy was hunting him for so long, and with age, family increasing maybe his priorites shift for a while, and it´s just a phase. But as long as he is playing, his game didn´t decrease this much, just a thing of confidence (his B game still is good enough to beat almsot everybody) he has a chance to overcome it.

I do hope he manages to get through the darw this week and face Nadal in semis. That match could be the turning point for him. Maybe if he gets a spank it can remind him of the past. Or maybe he can find his bets tennis again when the stakes are high and actullay win. He still hasn´t played Nadal nor Federer this year in his slump and they as the players to beat.

I still have to see more and if the trends continues before counting him out for good.


Czarlazar Says:

I honestly don’t understand Nole. Last September after his limp effort in the US Open final, he tells the world tennis is no longer his top priority, nor are winning Slams, being number 1, etc. He promptly proved it by playing horribly in October and November, not even trying at the ATP final against Murray (“I didn’t have a realistic chance to win”) and losing his #1 ranking. Not to mention his self-respect and confidence.
Now he claims — after playing lethargically throughout 2017 and losing to nobodies like Istomin in Melbourne — that he still loves tennis and wants to win again. To prove it, he loses his entire team, voluntarily or otherwise, keeps his sick entourage of Pepe, Marko and Jelena hermetically sealed around him, and refuses to change the vegan diet that’s sapping his strength. He’s the Emmanuel Macron of the ATP tour: deeply closeted with a scary wife, speaking in platitudes about his plans for success. But unlike Macron, he’s not fooling anyone and not winning anything.


J-Kath Says:

Czarlazar:

If you feel like satisfying my curiosity – your comments re. Nole and comparing him with Macron makes me wonder whether you are French? PS: Is Madame Macron really scary? Saw her only briefly and she looked entirely the opposite….a snowdrop peeping out to see if the snow had gone……


Wog Boy Says:

“Nole has always seemed very religious to me and perhaps Pepe is the next step.”

Can’t believe that educated person can say such a nonsense and such insult to any religion by equaling Pepe’s teaching and sect, based on his negative life experience, with proper religions?! There is no “R” of religion in Pepe’s sect, for a God sake learn difference between religion between sect and proper religion before you post such a nonsense, even the kids in primary school know the difference. Beatles went to India to look for enlightenment with proper religion, Hindu one, they didn’t find Pepe the con man to teach them how to hug instead of doing handshake.

I would be sorry seeing Nole converting to other religion or Christian denomination, proper one, but would never ever be upset (except for one), that would acceptable since it happens to evryone, our kids get married to catholics, church of england, presbyterians and is is perfectly ok, but not this, not the SECT!


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
I am pretty sure he is not French, there is a giveaway.

I don’t know in France, but here it is criminal offense if teacher has relationship with student, even Macarons parents asked her to stay away from their son until he turns 18, he was 16 at the tima and she was 25 years his senior and still is, now as a wife and first lady, only in France;)


Czarlazar Says:

J-Kath: not French, but my older boy is in a French immersion program at his elementary school in Toronto. As for Mrs. Macron, she looks like she has the same plastic surgeon as Mickey Rourke or Donatella Versace. She pushed her luck with one facelift too many, and is paying the price. Sometimes it’s best to just let Father Time take his tribute and accept the inevitable. As for the criminal offence Wog Boy alluded to, that’s not a concern for President Macron. After all, being of a certain proclivity, he never consummated the marriage; the old bat is his “beard”, a prop to make Macron appear straight. Though I personally would prefer an openly gay politician to a weirdo who tries to score at nursing homes. Back to Nole, he was my top guy ever since winning his first Aussie title at 20 years old. I revelled in his every triumph and commisserated and hung on during his lean periods. Unfortunately, I sense this is the end of the road for our dear boy, and it’s a horrible feeling. Like losing an adopted son…


J-Kath Says:

Wog Boy

Wow!!!!!
She looks as innocent as I would like to personally feel! Ahem!
Was going to ask how you know – but remain stunned about the info. No wonder she was peeping out to see if the snow had gone – but for different reasons to what I thought.


chrisford1 Says:

Van Persie’s suggestion that he see an Orthodox priest he has confidence in is a very worthwhile thought. Obviously, something is deeply troubling him, and he is trying to buy into a happiness cult his brother and wife endorse. A priest might just be the ‘right’ counseling. By now I am sure Srdjan and his Uncle Goran have tried, and it isn’t working.
Novak Djokovic is a very bright, very complicated young man. He plays a repetitious sport and repetitious training and conditioning routine and his personal issues plus getting the one trophy he craved seemed to make him seem for all appearances to be a guy in a demanding position he isn’t enjoying anymore that much.

I just hope he is smart enough to soon realize he is beclowning himself. And soon his tennis career is going to be over and the last thing he should want is to go out and be remembered by sports fans as an elite athlete who melted down in the end and became a disturbed pussified loser driving love bugs and doing titty waves. Others have gone down the same road, but I don’t know of another that was at peak dominance then destroyed as a dominant player in the blink of an eye without a major injury or bad drug test, or plugging a fiancee with several rounds fired through a bathroom door.
He wants to go out as a champ and do other things and have a very good public persona, I am sure.


Margot Says:

VP: not laughing at all at your suggestion of a priest. I think Nole seems very conflicted, as you say. Fame and fortune don’t seem to have been enough and he does seem to be seeking answers elsewhere.
Who knows how he feels about his inevitable slide and how he will manage it? But I do know facing troubling issues in the full glare of publicity and speculation, must be horrible.


J-Kath Says:

Czarlazar

Thanks for your comments. Very interesting.

I’m telling myself “Never say never” for Andy – Maybe it will work, and maybe it will also work for Nole. If not, the pair of them will have less than delightful birthdays in a few days time.


Ben Says:

Oh my gosh, after reading the comments I have one thing to say. Djokovic isn’t the crazy one but rather some of you Djokovic fans are freaking crazy. Get a hold of yourselves. Djokovic knows better than you fools what he has to do when it comes to tennis. What have you guys done to compare to the success he has had? Some fans you are!

You’ll see it will all work out in the end. Djokovic couldn’t win everything forever. He’ll probably come back again and win some titles but the old Djokovic who won everything for five years is in the past. This is what happens to players around 30. Some of your death sentences for Djokovic are amusing. You guys need to chill out.


Czarlazar Says:

J-Kath,
I wouldn’t worry about Andy at all. He’s one of the most level-headed guys on the tour, totally masculine, strong as an ox and with a beautiful, devoted and supportive wife by his side. Unlike Nole on all counts. Andy never had Nole’s brilliant shotmaking, but has made up for it with grit and steadfastness. A persistent bugger who also has the best coach on the tour in Ivan Lendl. Contrast that with Nole’s top guy Pepe, to complement his vegan diet, an unhinged, snippy wife, and loser younger brother who shares with him the benefits of long hugs.


the_mind_reels Says:

I doubt Novak cares whether anyone believes he is embarrassing himself or not. (And I certainly doubt that he thinks any of his most loyal fans think he’s truly embarrassing himself.)

It seems pretty simple to me: he’s struggling, and so he’s changing some of the elements around him to reignite his game. Kudos to him for changing things up and taking a risk! I hope he’s able to find the right kind of balance he needs to be happy and play the kind of tennis he wants to.

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