Novak Djokovic is the human metronome you could never be. Don’t take that as a slight. I couldn’t be the metronome you are as a person, most likely, let alone what Novak Djokovic does on a tennis court.
But while Djokovic has made some ridiculous shots to win points his preternatural ability has somewhat become the norm. “Oh, Djoker made another great shot? Whatever. Been there, seen it.” But such talent should not go without constant appreciation. Djokovic does things most people who have ever walked the earth – and maybe none of them – could ever do.
Who among us is doing things so special and so noticed that we might have Tom Brady sitting next to our partners while both are watching exactly what we do that is so special? I would assume (again, myself easily included) none of us here. And that’s OK. We are all good people, correct? But are people commenting on us on Twitter as they did when Djokovic won his 23rd Grand Slam (all-time record, yo!) title? Likely, no.
Twitter overwhelms in reaction to Novak Djokovic winning his 23rd major
Let’s start with a contemporary of Djokovic’s who is also in a battle for most major wins. Rafael Nadal is a class person and tennis player. His tweet makes us all better humans.
Andy Roddick who coined the phrase, “First he takes your legs, then he takes your soul,” about Djokovic likes to talk politics plus tennis on his Twitter handle. Of course, that’s what Twitter is all about. But he’s also correct about what he says about Djokovic.
Carlos Alcaraz, who Djokovic just took the number 1 ATP ranking from, also tweeted out congrats. Tennis is a sport that Americans need to be much more interested in. Respect and general appreciation is something we seem to have forgotten but Alcaraz has not.
I will leave you with this. I realize Djokovic can be a divisive figure because of his views on being vaccinated. Maybe it’s not right to not be, but Djokovic also has a right to feel what he does. But this speech is something to be heard.
Novak Djokovic is now the all-time leader in Grand Slam titles and also has – by far – the most weeks at number 1 in the ATP rankings. Is he the best ever? Likely.