He has said enough crap, to alienate the top players on the tour, for a couple of hundred years. Now that he is starting to gain on most of them on the tennis court, there appears to be a feeling, to make him pay for his past sins, before he is accepted in the locker room.
Djokovic has felt the cool reception to his recent laurels, and is intelligent enough to connect the dots.
He has tried his best to temper his recent rants, and has mixed it with funny impersonations of tennis players. Not everyone is amused yet.
Remember the feeling of being on your first day at your new job. You have to earn a lot of stuff in the beginning. Now that he is at this new class, his past is bound to hound him for a while, specially with the big boys, who have been on the receiving end of his big mouth predictions.
He may never be, like Federer and Nadal are with each other, but if he leaves most of his talking to be done by his racket on the court, eventually and slowly he will gain acceptance in the elite circle.
It’s like the newbie challenging his boss on the first day at the new job. You don’t have enough balance in your account to pull that off. Only way for him to deposit enough in his account now, is to perform and deliver on the court. All that mimicking and clowning cannot stretch it.
Although Kobe Bryant’s woes were more drastic, it has some parallels. Kobe has never been one of the most liked players in the league, even before the Colorado disaster. Some of it has to do with jealousy. But what he did was, not build enough balance from his on-court performance, to make those early predictions, about wanting to be the ‘best basketball player in the history of the NBA’.
That puts other players on the defensive, and erects unnecessary resistance to your goals. You are swimming uphill from then on.
But although tennis is an individual sport, and Djokovic does not have to depend on other players that much to move up, it is the innate human desire to be liked universally that takes a hit.
Oh, Djokovic, you want my opinion? I thought you’d never ask.
Here you go. You need to start a war and make tennis interesting. Plan how you can create a rift between Roger and Nadal. It is not very difficult with a strong undercurrent already there for you. All you need is stir a few things and you will be fine.
Reiterate what you predicted about these jokers, and proclaim that you were right about ‘Nadal being beatable and that the days of Federer of winning tournament are already here’. Ruffle up everyone’s feathers.
You are not going to get a pass in that circle. Might as well use your energy to disband it altogether. Believe me it will be fun. It will spice up your personality, and you will get what you are really after – the sponsorship money.