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Novak Djokovic: I’ve received many messages and letters from lower-ranked players



World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says lower-positioned players have been expressing gratitude toward him a great deal for his drive to support them. Djokovic, 32, suggested that best 100 players each give from 5,000-30,000 to player help subsidize. The cash assembled then would be appropriated to the players generally influenced by the Tour suspension.

“I have received many messages and letters of gratitude from those [lower ranked] players. I am privileged to have the position I have. There have been many conversations with ATP about this problem,” the Serb said during his Instagram Live with Fabio Fognini.

The ATP suspended the Tour at first for about a month and a half on March 12. The ATP at that point stretched out the suspension through to June 7, preceding the choice was made to additionally stretch out the suspension to July 13.

Since the time the Tour got suspended, players have been asking the key partners of tennis to figure out how to help lower-positioned players. Djokovic, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, took it on himself and came out with an unmistakable arrangement how to help lower-positioned players during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.


We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star



Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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