Being labelled a quitter was unwarranted, Novak Djokovic said on Friday. Djokovic was criticised for pulling out midway through the fourth set of his Australian Open quarter-final against Andy Roddick, citing heat exhaustion.
Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in Melbourne made playing conditions uncomfortable but Djokovic was slammed for pulling out because it was not the first time he had done so.
“It certainly isn’t pleasant when something isn’t right and people are talking about something which isn’t true, but I’m tired of proving whatever I need to prove.”
“I’m just playing tennis for myself and I always have put my health as a priority to everything. Tennis is probably my life at this moment, but it’s not the only thing in my life.
“It’s just that this reputation which has been going around, I don’t think it’s right. But everybody has a right for their own opinion.”