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Djokovic still undecided over U.S. Open

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

After recovering from coronavirus, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has only confirmed to play at the French Open in September

BASHED. Novak Djokovic says the widespread criticism he received felt like a 'witch hunt.' Photo by Martin Bureau /AFP

Djokovic, wife test negative for coronavirus

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:20 PM

A week after his quarantine, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has tested negative for COVID-19

CLEARED. Novak Djokovic tries to move on from the heavy backlash of hosting a tennis event. Photo by William West/AFP

Djokovic donates 40,000 euros to Serbian town hit hard by virus

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:04 AM

A week after hosting an ill-fated tennis event, Novak Djokovic helps fight a growing virus outbreak in his home country

APOLOGETIC. Novak Djokovic says he’s sorry that his exhibition tournament ‘caused harm.’ Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Djokovic’s coach tests positive for coronavirus

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic defends his ward Novak Djokovic, the world No. 1 highly criticized for hosting the ill-fated Adria Tour

FEELING BETTER. Coach Goran Ivanisevic (left) says he’s asymptomatic and feels 'good.' Photo by William West/AFP

Tennis in spotlight: What went wrong in disastrous Adria Tour?

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Several high-profile tennis players, including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, test positive for coronavirus after playing in the Adria Tour

SORRY. Novak Djokovic apologizes for staging the Adria Tour, which saw several participating player not follow social distancing guidelines. Photo from Twitter/@atptour


'Mistake': Thiem regrets playing in Djokovic's Adria Tour

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:51 AM

‘Our behavior was a mistake, we acted too euphorically,’ says world No. 3 Dominic Thiem

CLEARED. Dominic Thiem says he has tested negative or coronavirus 5 times. File photo from AustralianOpen

Novak Djokovic, Grand Slam superstar but never the people's champion

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:27 PM

Lacking the charm of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic seems to have taken the role of pantomime villain on and off the court

NO MATCH. Despite his stellar achievements, Novak Djokovic (left) can’t quite reach the popularity of Roger Federer (right) and Rafael Nadal. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

#Djokovid: Tennis star mauled over coronavirus 'horror show'

Jun 24, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios hits out at Novak Djokovic’s 'stupidity' as three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray admits it’s not a ‘great look for tennis’

BLASTED. More criticisms come Novak Djokovic’s way. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic admits organizers 'wrong' to host tennis event

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:24 PM

Serious questions are raised on tennis’ planned official return as 4 players test positive for coronavirus after playing in an exhibition event

NO DISTANCE, Novak Djokovic and several players were seen not practicing social distancing during the exhibition event. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:05 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic apologizes for each case of infection from his tournament

CONSEQUENCES. Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus after failing to practice social distancing in his tournament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Virus cases raise questions over Djokovic tournament

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:38 PM

The recent virus cases of Dimitrov and Coric cast another cloud of doubt over tennis' return in August

DEJECTED. Novak Djokovic gets tested for coronavirus as his fitness trainer's results came out positive. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic puts positive spin on U.S. Open plan

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Initially skeptical, Novak Djokovic says he’s 'extremely happy' with the return of tennis as tournaments will provide more jobs and opportunities

RETURN. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic eases up on his criticisms. Photo by William West/AFP

Djokovic breaks down in tears at his Belgrade event

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:04 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic fails to reach the finals in the first leg of his Balkans charity tournament

TOP PLAYER. Novak Djokovic has been the world No. 1 since February. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


Djokovic's tennis 'capital' shrugs off trouble on border

Jun 14, 2020 - 5:28 PM

Although his charity tennis event hit a setback, Novak Djokovic manages to sell the first 1,000 tickets in just 7 minutes

ON COURT. Tennis action returns in Novak Djokovic’s home country. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Djokovic says players may skip U.S. Open and start on clay

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:47 PM

‘Most of the players I've talked to so far have a rather negative view of the possibility of going,’ says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

WARY. Novak Djokovic finds the proposed tennis return guidelines too restrictive. Photo by William West/AFP

Djokovic worried by 'extreme, impossible' U.S. Open health restrictions

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic thinks some of tennis' return guidelines, like putting a cap on a player’s support team, might be difficult

FEARS. Novak Djokovic speaks out a day after world No. 2 Rafael Nadal similarly expressed his concerns. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Zverev to join Djokovic's Balkan tournament lineup

May 26, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Alexander Zverev joins the charity Balkan tournament organized by Novak Djokovic

CHARITY. Germany's Alexander Zverev joins Novak Djokovic's star-studded tournament that will raise funds for charity. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP

Birthday boy Djokovic to organize Balkan tennis tournament

May 23, 2020 - 5:21 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic gathers several top players to play for a cause

BACK IN ACTION. Novak Djokovic returns to court with the Adria Tour. Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrgios tells Murray 'you are better than Djokovic'

May 17, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Known for his cutting comments on top tennis players, Nick Kyrgios takes a swipe at world No. 1 Novak Djokovic again

STILL NICK. The ever controversial Nick Kyrgios chats with former world No. 1 Andy Murray amid the lockdown. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic: 'I can beat Slam titles and world No. 1 record'

May 16, 2020 - 12:01 PM

'I think that I still have things to do in this sport,' says Novak Djokovic as he sets his sights on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s records

ON TOP. Turning 33 this month, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has time on his side. Photo by William West/AFP

'Seeing black': Djokovic considered quitting in 2010

May 03, 2020 - 6:21 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recalls the time he wasn’t happy playing tennis

Novak Djokovic. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

Djokovic predicts tennis season will restart with regional events

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:00 PM

World No.1 Novak Djokovic says the complex restrictions even post-pandemic will make it difficult for tennis players

STARTING OVER. Novak Djokovic admits it will be tough once action resumes. Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Why wait for a pandemic? – Djokovic plan for low-ranked players queried

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Novak Djokovic says that he, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal are organizing aid for lower-ranked players who have no income while tennis is suspended

FOR A CAUSE. Novak Djokovic says players, the ATP, and the 4 Grand Slams "would all get together and will contribute to a player relief fund that ATP will distribute." Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Djokovic says tennis 'big three' plan to help lowest-ranked players

Apr 19, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Novak Djokovic proposes to give aid to players who are struggling financially due to the cancelation of games

BIG THREE. (from left to right) Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer organize a plan to help lower-ranked players. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Murray haunted by 2016 Roland Garros final loss to Djokovic

Apr 18, 2020 - 6:32 PM

In an Instagram Live chat, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic talk about their rivalry since childhood

UPPER HAND. Novak Djokovic (left) holds a  25-11 head-to-head advantage over former world No. 1 Andy Murray. Photo from ATP Tour

Djokovic donates 1 million euros to help Serbia combat coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM

'Our donation is for the purchase of life-saving respirators and other sanitary equipment,' says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

BIG HELP. Novak Djokovic joins the growing list of sports superstars helping to fight the worldwide health crisis. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Djokovic eyes new win streak after capturing 79th career title

Mar 01, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'This has been one of the best starts of all seasons I've had,' says Novak Djokovic after picking up his third crown just two months into the year

STELLAR. Novak Djokovic celebrates after dominating Stefanos Tsitsipas to bag his fifth Dubai trophy. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP)

Sharapova 'legend with mind of champion,' says Djokovic

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:58 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the tennis greats who hailed Maria Sharapova as a legend following the five-time Grand Slam champion's retirement

Photo by Mast Irha/EPA-EFE

Djokovic urges Davis and ATP Cups to merge or die

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Novak Djokovic suggests the idea of 'one super cup' after always having to choose between the two competitions

CHANGE. Novak Djokovic says having two competitions, which are held less than two months apart at the end of one season and the start of the next, is not "sustainable" for tennis. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP


Australian Open win puts Djokovic back on top of ATP charts

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Novak Djokovic returns to the No. 1 spot for the first time since October as he unseats Rafael Nadal

MAGIC EIGHTH. Novak Djokovic picks up his eighth Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


'I came from nothing' – Djokovic says tough childhood made him a fighter

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic bares he had to queue for milk and bread in war-torn Serbia when he was young

GROWING COLLECTION. Novak Djokovic wins his eighth Australian Open title in dramatic fashion. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Djokovic beats Thiem in five-set thriller to win eighth Australian Open

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Novak Djokovic comes from behind for his 17th Grand Slam title to move closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time list

CHAMP AGAIN. Novak Djokovic captures his eighth Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Can he topple 'king' Novak? Thiem looks for chinks in Djokovic's armor

Feb 02, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Dominic Thiem plays down his chances, but the 26-year-old Austrian has the weapons to trouble Novak Djokovic

CHALLENGER. Novak Djokovic (left) thinks it's just a matter of time before Dominic Thiem wins a Grand Slam. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Djokovic powers past Federer into Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Novak Djokovic beats an injured Roger Federer in straight sets to reach a record eighth Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic Roger Federer  Photo by David Gray/AFP

'Roger is Roger': Djokovic not underestimating ageless great

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battle for the 50th time as the two tennis stars clash in the 2020 Australian Open semifinal

Photos by Ben Stansall and Glyn Kirk AFP

Tearful Novak Djokovic pays tribute to 'mentor, friend' Kobe Bryant

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Novak Djokovic, who advanced to the Australian Open semifinals, says Kobe Bryant was there for him when he needed advice and support

GOODBYE, FRIEND. Kobe Bryant and Novak Djokovic had been friends for a decade. Photo from Instagram/@djokernole


Djokovic keeps focus to set up Federer semifinal in Australian Open

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will play each other for the 50th time as they vie for a berth in the Australian Open final

ON TO THE NEXT. Novak Djokovic stretches his winning streak against Milos Raonic to 10 matches. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Rampant Djokovic sets up Raonic quarterfinal

Jan 26, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Novak Djokovic zeroes in on an eighth Australian Open title as he tangles with Milos Raonic, who he has beaten in all the 9 times they faced

LAST EIGHT. Novak Djokovic barges into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a win over Diego Schwartzman. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Djokovic survives scare as rain causes chaos at Australian Open

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:42 PM

Novak Djokovic joins superstars Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka in the second round

ON A HIGH NOTE. Novak Djokovic kicks off his title-retention bid in the Australian Open with a gutsy win. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen


Djokovic closes gap on world No. 1 Nadal in new rankings

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in the final of the ATP Cup to close the gap between the world's top two players

CHAMP. Novak Djokovic goes unbeaten in 8 matches to lead Serbia to an ATP Cup title. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP


Djokovic insists no clear favorite for Australian Open

Jan 13, 2020 - 12:55 PM

Defending champion Novak Djokovic seeks to win his 8th Australian Open title

MOMENTUM. Novak Djokovic heads into the Australian Open coming off a rousing campaign in the ATP Cup. Photo from Twitter/@atptour


Emotional Djokovic beats Nadal, steers Serbia to ATP Cup title

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Novak Djokovic fires an Australian Open warning after leading Serbia past Rafael Nadal and Spain in the final

Novak Djokovic  Photo by William West/AFP

Nadal's Spain to meet Djokovic's Serbia in ATP Cup final

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:38 PM

The world's top players Nadal and Djokovic will collide for the 55th time since their first showdown in 2006

FACE OFF. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set to meet in the ATP Cup Final. File photo  by David Gray/AFP

Djokovic pulls out of Adelaide International

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:08 PM

Officials did not give an explanation when they confirmed his absence from the ATP-WTA tournament

NO EXPLANATION. Novak Djokovic will not grace the new tournament in Australia. Photo from Twitter (@atptour)

Djokovic survives scare to send Serbia into ATP Cup semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:37 PM

After dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, Novak Djokovic storms back against Canada's Denis Shapovalov to book Serbia a Final Four ticket

CHALLENGED. Novak Djokovic figures in a tight battle against Denis Shapovalov for the first time. Photo by William West/AFP

Unbeaten Serbia through to ATP Cup quarterfinals

Jan 08, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Novak Djokovic makes easy work of Cristian Garin as Serbia remains spotless

WARM UP. Novak Djokovic looks to build up momentum in the ATP Cup for his title-retention bid in the Australian Open. File photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP


Nadal flawless as Djokovic braves brutal conditions in ATP Cup

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Rafael Nadal makes quick work of Pablo Cuevas, while Novak Djokovic endures sapping heat and humidity against Gael Monfils

INCHING CLOSER. Rafael Nadal and Spain move closer to the quarterfinals of the ATP Cup. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP


'Big Three' hold top spots in ATP rankings

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Tennis royalty Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer remain at the top of the world rankings

BIG THREE. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have shared the last 12 Grand Slams among them. Photos by Glenn Kirk/AFP (Federer and Nadal), Ben Stansall/AFP (Djokovic)


Djokovic sees off Anderson to give Serbia opening ATP Cup win

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:51 PM

'What a way to start the year,' says world No. 2 Novak Djokovic after surviving a spirited challenge from South African Kevin Anderson

HOT START. Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory against Kevin Anderson during their men's singles match in the ATP Cup. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Djokovic, Nadal lead calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Tennis superstars think it's 'confusing to have two World Cups' in one month

TOO TIGHT. Rafael Nadal (left) and Novak Djokovic say the proximity of events make it hard for players to commit. Photo by David Gray/AFP