“Novak Djokovic is not a role model for younger players,” says ATP Roman Masters 1000 Director and WARNS him to Get Vaccinated

ATP Roman Master 1000 director passes derogatory statements on Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic and Sergio Palmieri
Novak Djokovic and Sergio Palmieri

Uncertainty around Novak Djokovic’s participation at the French Open continues as the ATP Roman Tournament director Sergio Palmieri passes derogatory comments on Djokovic.

According to him, “Djokovic is not a role model for younger players. He is a controversial character. He will be able to play in Rome only if he complies with the rules.” A statement like this suggests that the world No.1 won’t be welcomed to play the at the Roman Masters 1000.

Roman Tournament director DISRESPECTS Novak Djokovic after Australian controversy

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic lost the legal battle in the land down under and his VISA was banned for three years. This decision was followed by Djokovic’s deportation from Australia.

There is still some uncertainty that Djokovic will or will not be able to contest at the French Open this year. He hasn’t given any confirmation that he is going to get vaccinated or not but if we take the events of the past few weeks into consideration we could deduce that he isn’t going to get vaccinated any time soon.

The director of the ATP Rome Masters 1000 Sergio Palmieri made a speech disrespecting the World No.1 after the judgment made by the Australian Federal Court. According to him Djokovic “is a controversial character, who takes positions and takes risks personally. Certainly he is not an example for young people who approach this sport, in this he did not catch up with Roger and Rafa”.

The personal attack on Djokovic continued in his speech made on Radio Anch’io Sport. He added, “With Novak, I have a long-standing relationship – adds Palmieri – and he is certainly a different person from what he appears to be. He has a very strong personality and will overcome this obstacle too”.

When asked will he be able to be allowed to play at the Roman Masters or not, he said, “It depends on him. If he were to register and he is in good standing we would have no problem and no reason not to accept it “.

However, on hearing Palmieri’s derogatory statements on Djokovic. It seems inevitable that either the world No.1 won’t be allowed to play at the Roman Masters or he will withdraw his name himself. Still, there remains uncertainty that when will we be able to see Novak Djokovic in action again.

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