January 13, 2022

Dear Editor,

Rod Laver Stadium is home to the Australian Open (Wikimedia Commons, CC by 2.0 )

Having long been contemptuous of Novak Djokovic’s career-long appearing to feign injuries/illnesses and excessive ball bounces when serving, etc. to unsettle true sportsman-like competitors, not to mention Djokovic’s seeming contempt for others with his current behaviour/attitude, it must be remembered that all other competitors (not unlike Djokovic) are almost super-human with not only their wondrous athletic talents, but their almost- beyond-description mental and physical toughness/commitment to train/practice day-in and day-out, year after year – forgoing (yes, there are many perks along the way) so much we mere mortals enjoy/covet by comparison.

So no matter if Djokovic stays or goes – please, don’t let us Aussies come down to Djokovic’s level of sportsmanship with our crowd behaviour and take anything away from our own home players and/or international competitor AO guests.

Yours,

Howard Hutchins
Victoria, Australia

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  1. Well, say what you will, but at least he had the brains not to get the ‘Clot Shot’.

    Professor ‘Trash the masks’ Zorkophsky