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​This post began as a rant about Novak Djokovic’s attitude.  And then I read Bill Keller’s wonderful article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine.  Keller talks about the effect reading poetry could have on members of Congress.

Djokovic could use some of that, too.  Rather than seeing him as self-confident, I think he seems quite arrogant.

​The Evidence

  • Djokovic never acknowledges his opponents or gives them any credit.
  • During the Wimbledon awards ceremony, he ducked behind the line of people on the podium to show the trophy to his team, pointing to himself.
  • In an interview, he said he doesn’t think he needs to improve anything.
  • He also said that, as #1, he doesn’t need to be any different.

Down the Road

  • When he eventually crashes, it’s going to be very painful.
  • He’ll be playing tennis by himself!  Doesn’t he realize that he needs other players in order to play the game?
  • Federer beat him once.  It’s going to happen again.

What I Prefer

  • Both Nadal and Federer have self-confidence.  They are not arrogant.  And they have humility, especially Nadal.
  • I also think that both Nadal and Federer have more in their game.  Djokovic apparently has only one goal:  to bulldoze his opponents.  That’s it.  No style.
  • Fans embrace Nadal and Federer immediately.  Could that be because these two care about their fans?

According to Geoff MacDonald in the New York Times blog “Straight Sets,”

[Djokovic] “… showed class in defeat, walking around the net to embrace Nadal and congratulate him on his victory…” at the 2010 US Open.

What happened?

How do you feel about this?  Does arrogance have a place in a star’s public image?  Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!


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