Apart from the fact that he is one of the best players ever to hold a racquet, Novak Djokovic is also known to be among the most generous and kind-hearted players on the tour, as he is always looking out to help anyone in need.
There have been countless examples over the years where the Serb has been thanked and appreciated for his silent contribution towards a particular player, someone’s foundation, or a specific cause. His distressing childhood is often seen as one of the main reasons behind his becoming a philanthropic as his family spent part of that time in poverty.
Former Serbian player and coach Petar Popovic recently joined Craig Shapiro on his podcast and spoke about the 21-time Grand Slam champion and his team. The one thing that Popovic emphasized the most was how Djokovic was the best tennis player for him as far as helping others was concerned.
“I know them very well because we are a small country and we have traveled together and I have known him since he was very young. The first thing that I’ll say about Novak is that for me, he is the best tennis player regarding helping others. He’s amazing. He was fighting for players who are ranked 100-150, which he didn’t need to do,” he said.
“He also has a national center here and he’s giving free practice to the best of Serbians and Croatians. He’s really a giving person and I’m not saying it because he’s Serbian, I’m stating facts,” he added.
At the same time, the 40-year-old made it clear that he did not agree with his compatriot on his stance on COVID-19 vaccination.
“The thing about vaccination is that I’m not sharing his point of view. I was the first one to get vaccinated. So I have 180° different point of view about that,” he stated.
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