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‘Don’t matter to him’: Rival’s major swipe at Roger Federer

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French tennis player Gilles Simon has thrown his support behind Novak Djokovic and accused Roger Federer of losing his way when it came to supporting lower-ranked players on the tour.

In an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, Simon said criticism of Djokovic’s bungled Adria Tour, which resulted in he and several other players testing positive for the coronavirus, was harsh, and that Federer’s role in player pay discussions deserved more criticism.
“I knew Roger would step up to the plate when there were discussions on the prize money of the Grand Slams a while ago,” he said.

“But the impression I have is that we lost him on the way, that the representation of the players does not matter to him. If there is a voice that carries, it is his.”

Simon said said it was interesting that Federer largely escaped mainstream criticism for his choices during player pay discussions, whereas he felt Djokovic consistently faced significantly more cutting criticism, particularly from the media.

Many, including the likes of Australian star Nick Kyrgios, were highly critical of Djokovic’s decision to push ahead with the tournament, as well as his anti-vaccination stance.

Federer favoured by tennis world: Simon
While he said the Adria Tour was certainly a mistake, Simon said the tennis world did not treat Djokovic the same way they did Federer – despite similarly impressive record.

“I tell myself that Novak is trying to tackle complicated issues in the interest of the players in general,” Simon said.

“And I was bothered by this story of the Adria Tour because, by making a huge mistake, all this work fell apart.

“It’s a ‘media game’ that wants that. After the errors with Adria Tour, all his (Djokovic’s) work is reduced. It is easy to say: ‘Never listen to him again!’ now for the media.

Gilles Simon has drawn an interesting comparison between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Brenton EDWARDS / AFP) (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Gilles Simon has drawn an interesting comparison between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. (Photo by Brenton EDWARDS / AFP) (Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

“I see Djokovic like any human being, with his strengths and flaws.

“But with Roger Federer, we only talk about his strengths. With Novak – only about his flaws.

“It would annoy everyone if Djokovic breaks Federer’s records. It angers people that he is so strong.

“The anger against Novak is a huge mistake. Much of the public doesn’t consider him as (important as) Roger or Rafa (Nadal).

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Brigadier General Francis Omata has reacted to news making rounds accusing him of ordering the infamous #LekkiMassacre

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Brigadier General Francis Omata has reacted to news making rounds accusing him of ordering the infamous #LekkiMassacre which took place Tuesday evening at Lekki-VI toll gate.

Omata denied the allegations, stating that he was only on the scene to ‘pull back the soldiers’, he also named the officer responsible; one Lt Col S. 0. Bello of the 65 Battalion Bonny camp.

WITHIN NIGERIA reports that General F.O Omata was accused of giving the order to open fire on peaceful protests.

In his defence, the Brigadier General said:

“I didn’t command the soldiers nor was there when shots were fired. I rushed to the scene and arrived about 39 mins after and identified myself and pull back the soIdiers.

The soldiers were from there 65 Battalion Bonny camp led by their commanding officer, Lt Col 8. O. Bello.

My only mistake was that when I got to the scene I was screaming my name to alert the soldiers about my presence and people at the scene picked that up and ran with it”. It was not me.

Lekki-VI toll gate has been the location of the peaceful #EndSARS protest where Nigerian youths are clamouring for an end to SARS, a Nigerian police unit which specializes in Anti Robbery cases.

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