I think with this parent jab, the fight between Federer and Djokovic has become personal and will get ugly. Sounds like fun.
Posted by tennisplanet on April 29, 2008
If you are a 20-year old and your parents are publicly ridiculed by none other than your biggest rival on the tour, it’s more than challenging your manhood. I think this was the classic ‘gloves are coming off’ moment for the two of them.
Federer may not have meant it to be that way and heat of the moment probably swayed him to spontaneously say what he did “Keep quiet, OK’, but based on what we have seen of Djokovic and his family this will be taken very seriously, initiating a response both on and off the court that may not be pretty.
You think Djokovic will look for even the slightest of opportunity to shout back at Federer’s parents? You bet!!!!! You can take insult to yourself, but anything directed at your parents is crossing the line. Sampras was furious when it spilled over to his wife. She was being blamed for the decline in Sampras’s game in the last two years. That was big part of the reason Sampras wanted to win another Grand Slam and shut these people up.
If you have ever been in a situation like this, you will instantly know how infuriating it can be. And if you are young and restless and in your early twenties, it further exacerbates the degree of pain and humiliation.
Each of us have an extra gear, no matter at what level we are operating on currently. Of course, you all have a few more than that, considering how active you are. Remember Sampras operating at a level that got him to No. 6 in the world and he felt rather comfortable there? He stayed with that pace for a while and may have remained there forever if not for that 1992 US Open finals against Edberg which he lost in four sets.
Sampras confessed that to be a turning point in his career and the rest is like they say history. The turning point in the life of successful people usually come when they face a calamity or go through extremely trying times. That’s the time they are introduced to their real self and discover abilities and talents that lay dormant all those years.
Is this one of those times for Djokovic? Will this be enough for him to work even harder to get even on the court? Like they say, it’s not how good we are, it’s how bad we want it that determines our final destination. Will the motivation to avenge his parents humiliation trump his desire to be No. 1, to dethrone Federer from his perch?
This has to be the first time in the history of the sport that a player has publicly asked opponent’s parents to zip it. Based on the previous infractions from Djokovic’s parents it does not seem too surprising. Nevertheless it does not have a precedent.
Will this turn into an open war between the two players upstaging even McEnroe-Connors bickerings? That should add another interesting twist to the saga, don’t you think? Now, if we can somehow get both moms on Jerry Springer show, tennis will once again become a mainstream sport.