An American tennis star Danielle Collins hit back at Novak Djokovic, accusing the World No.1 of hypocrisy over his opposition to the US Open.
Novak Djokovic. (Reuters Photo)
- It’s easy when someone’s made $150 million throughout their career: Collins
- Novak Djokovic said he would rather skip US Open and focus on the French Open
- Collins called out Djokovic for serious contradiction of his desire to help lower-ranked players
World No. 51 Danielle Collins on Wednesday expressed her displeasure over Novak Djokovic’s recent comments about the US Open’s “impossible” Covid-19 protocols.
Djokovic has caused a stir in the tennis world after admitting that as things currently stand, he would rather skip America’s grand slam and focus on the French Open.
“If it’s safe to play, and the USTA, WTA and ATP do everything in their ability to prioritize the health of the players, I think we should support that. It’s easy when someone’s made $150 million throughout their career to try and tell people what to do with their money, and then turn down playing in the us open, ” Collins said.
“For those of us (most tennis players) who don’t travel with an entourage, we actually need to start working again. It would be nice to have the best player in the world supporting this opportunity and not spoiling it for the players and the fans!”
Collins also called out Djokovic for serious contradiction of his desire to help lower-ranked players by stating he may not play the US Open.
“This is a serious contradiction to previous comments about having players.inside the top 100 donate money to players outside of the top 250,” Collins wrote to Djokovic online.
“No one has been able to play sanctioned events or make money since February. Here we have an awesome opportunity with the US Open talking about proceeding forward with the event, with some strict safety precautions to make sure all players feel safe and their health is put first. This is a massive opportunity for players to start making money again, and here we have the top player in the world saying only being able to bring one person with [him] will be too difficult be able to bring his entourage.”