April 15, 2024
Patrick Mouratoglou hits back at ex-Nike tennis boss over his Novak Djokovic comments


Novak Djokovic with Wimbledon trophy

Former Nike tennis director Mike Nakajima’s responses about Novak Djokovic have not long gone down properly with Patrick Mouratoglou with the esteemed coach saying “I individually prefer a authentic human getting with his features than a ideal untrue impression of perfection”.

The debate started pursuing the launch of extracts from the book “The Roger Federer Effect”, which is co-authored by Simon Chambers and Simon Graf.

Nakajima was the male in demand of Nike’s tennis division when Federer signed and in the book he talked about the Swiss great’s marketability though he also talked about the determination to allow for Federer to sign up for Japanese giant Uniqlo.

Asked about Djokovic – who has had extended-phrase partnerships with Lacoste and Asics – and why he hardly ever joined Nike, he replied: “He could nicely be the most successful tennis participant ever. But there’s often a darkish cloud close to him. It’s like he delivers it on himself. He hits the lineswoman at the US Open up (in 2020) and will get disqualified? It happens, I guess.

“But why does it normally happen to Novak? Or the entire controversy about the Covid-19 vaccination. Now, as a brand: do I want to be guiding any individual who always has controversy all-around him? Or do I want to go with an athlete with a squeaky cleanse picture?”

The remarks had been not effectively gained by Mouratoglou, who was tennis good Serena Williams’ prolonged-time coach right before they parted approaches in 2022, as he jumped to the defence of Djokovic on Twitter.

The Frenchman wrote: “To solution Nakashima [sic] about Nike and Novak: Whether or not we concur or not, like or dislike Novak, I individually desire a true human staying with his features, his beliefs and his flows [sic] than a fantastic untrue impression of perfection. Sanctifying perfection is denying our ailment as humans.”

Of class tennis followers were normally heading to have diverse thoughts about the subject and one questioned Mouratoglou: “So, you really don’t consider a true human staying can be genuinely awesome and have great concepts?

“Accepting deceit and negative actions as conventional human flaws is decreasing expectations for our young children and the children you mentor.

“Do you convey to kids at your academy to behave as Roger & Rafa or as Joker?”

Mouratoglou, however, wishes small children to be on their own, expressing: “I explain to them to be themselves. This is the greatest value. Not attempting to be an individual else.”

He additional: “Being a excellent man or woman does not suggest currently being perfect. Values are crucial as motorists to our lives. On the other hand, we also have to accept our imperfections. We are humans not gods.”

Some others were being pleased that he is sticking up for Djokovic.

“I commend your bravery and authenticity in indicating this Patrick, which definitely queries the lack of objectivity by specific commercial interests, and the mainstream narrative 👏,” 1 wrote.

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