In recent years, Novak Djokovic has done a great job both on and off the pitch. The number 1 in the world has come close to the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ this season, as well as posting his 37th career Masters 1000. Thanks to the ride in the Paris-Bercy tournament, the Serbian phenomenon has secured the mathematical certainty of ending the year at the top of the ATP ranking for the seventh time ever (thus surpassing his idol Pete Sampras). In August last year, the 20-time Grand Slam champion founded the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) together with colleague and friend Vasek Pospisil. This association represents the top 500 ATP singles players and the top 200 doubles players. Nole came up with this idea with the aim of helping second tier tennis players through a more equitable distribution of cash prizes. In a recent interview with ‘AS’, WTA legend Billie Jean King highlighted how Djokovic exposed himself more to political issues than his eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Billie Jean King on the Big 3
Billie Jean King believes Novak Djokovic is more outspoken about matters of change in tennis than his ‘Big 3′ rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The American great also gave her assessment on whether a rivalry similar to that of the legendary men’s trio would be good for women’s tennis. “Novak Djokovic is unique and different,” the 39-time Grand Slam champion said. “He’s very smart and more forthright about change than the other two. I wish they weren’t so sure, that they talked more off the track, because it has to be done. Roger Federer came out once for the players’ association to stick together, and he was great, but there is still a lot of work ahead.” The American great highlighted the era of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert as a period similar to the current golden generation in men’s tennis. “Before, when there was a rivalry, like Chris and Martina’s, it was generally said that there was no depth in the women’s circuit,” King said. “There is always this discussion in the media. Now there is much more depth, many more good players, and it is said that a rivalry is missing. It’s like always wanting what you don’t have.” Djokovic has had an exceptional season so far. He has now won the most number of ATP 1000 titles after winning his 37th title in Paris last week; he was tied on 36 with rival Nadal.