Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Controversial Novak

Novak Djokovic isn’t easy to like, and not just because the other members of the so-called Big Three of Tennis have far more agreeable personalities. He happens to cling to beliefs that are best described as controversial. For instance, he has insisted that “energetical transformation, through the power of prayer, through the power of gratitude, [can] turn the most toxic food, or maybe most polluted water into the most healing water, because water reacts.” He also wears a nanotechnology device on his chest that, according to the manufacturer, converts body heat to light sent through the nervous system, “improving posture, balance and flexibility, [and] boosting athletic performance and focus, reducing stress, anxiety and chronic pain.”

And then there is Djokovic’s insistence on remaining unvaccinated for the coronavirus. The overwhelming preponderance of scientific fact on the benefits of inoculation, plus the untold risks he places others in by remaining unvaccinated, place him on shaky ground. It doesn’t matter if he has expressed willingness to forego the chance to claim more major championships. He’s a global citizen; he doesn’t live in a bubble. He’s being disingenuous when he says he’s not part of the anti-vax movement while refusing to get jabbed. He’s likewise being duplicitous when he claims to acknowledge the science behind vaccination, and yet doesn’t want to touch it with the proverbial 10-foot pole.

In short, Djokovic hasn’t done himself any favors with his cringe-inducing assumptions. Yet, for all the problems he creates off the court, there can be no doubting his success on it. He’s a magician with a racket in hand, and the very stubbornness that has him taking unconventional positions clearly fuels his greatness. Last Sunday, he cemented his hold on the sport with his record 23rd Grand Slam title, breaking a tie with established king-of-red-clay Rafael Nadal. He has claimed the men’s singles trophy on each major stop at least three times, a feat no one else has accomplished. And, his advancing age notwithstanding, he appears destined to keep rewriting history.

Indeed, Djokovic is once again on track to hit the most elusive of all targets: a calendar-year Grand Slam. He already has the Australian and French Opens in hand, and is the overwhelming favorite to take Wimbledon. Should he do so next month, he will be in prime position to complete what he couldn’t in 2021. And considering his uncanny capacity to learn from his missteps, he isn’t likely to wilt in the moment as he did two years ago. Heck, he’s so self-assured that he doesn’t hesitate to acknowledge “win[ning] the most Slams and break[ing] the record for [most number of weeks] at Number One” as his “clear goals.”

So, yes, Djokovic cannot help but make outlandish, if dangerous, claims. At the same time, his mind-over-matter conviction informs his capacity to perform under extreme pressure. It’s certainly how he has managed to stay on top in the face of a significant youth invasion, and it figures to keep him engaged moving forward. Which is why, in the final analysis, his objectives look to be a matter of when, not if. For all the variabilities life has introduced, he deems himself the only constant that matters.


Anthony L. Cuaycong has been writing Courtside since BusinessWorld introduced a Sports section in 1994. He is a consultant on strategic planning, operations and human resources management, corporate communications, and business development.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



THE Board of Investments (BoI) said it endorsed for green-lane treatment a P50-billion common passive telecommunications tower infrastructure project which it expects to generate...


THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said manufacturers had arrived at a “consensus” to delay price increases until the end of 2023. “What...


THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it wants to keep disbursements above 20% of gross domestic product (GDP) to ensure the government...


PROPOSALS to tax junk food as well as raise the current tax on sweetened beverages are not feasible, a senior legislator said. “On a...


THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said internet service providers (ISPs) have committed to act promptly in disabling sites that are subject...


THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) asked the public to exercise caution in the use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-supported application that renders user photographs...

You May Also Like

Top News

As the world seeks sustainable and energy-efficient solutions for heating and cooling, the heat pump market is experiencing a significant surge. According to the...


The Toto site’s user-friendly interface makes it easy for both beginners and experienced gamblers to navigate through the various features. “¸ÔÆ¢Æú¸®½º site is a...


Almost 100 jobs are thought to be under threat at smart home energy technology manufacturer myenergi. The Grimsby firm, named one of the UK’s...


JUNIOR FERREIRA-UNSPLASH The Philippines is a very small power market by ASEAN standards, with market demand peaking at 15 gigawatts (GW) compared to Thailand’s...

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.