Goran Ivanisevic talked in an interesting interview about a topic that is very much discussed given some moments of tension experienced on the court (and on social media) by players in this season: friendship in tennis. The current coach of Novak Djokovic explained that today tennis players have a controversial relationship with their colleagues also due to the growing media attention.
He explained: "Which generation was the best. Hard to say. Maybe Nole, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the best ever. But each generation has brought something new and unique. But there is a substantial difference. To mine.
times, all tennis players were friends. We went out often together, we went to dinner, we were a real group. Today it is no longer like this: tennis players greet each other only on the court, and barely off. There is no relationship between them.
Too many media around , too many agents, too much internet. Regrets? I am very proud of myself, of the Wimbledon victory 21 years ago, of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. But some important games, semi-finals and Grand Slams, I lost because I did not have the right mental balance: I was fighting against myself instead of the opponent."
Adriano Panatta also talked about friendship in tennis: "In our time we were in Marbella for a performance and between victory and defeat there was dancing 30 thousand dollars, with which you could also buy an apartment.
I had to play the Davis Cup the following week, so I was chaste and pure, Borg instead. The night before the final he drank the impossible, about thirty glasses of vodka, to the point that I was forced to take it to his hotel room, and throw it on the bed, he had drunk too much.
I thought: it's done! Instead the day we entered the field and he beat me 6-2, 6-1. I changed sides and spat at him! " The episode narrated by Panatta represents the emblem of the relationship that the players once shared on and off the pitch.