Apart from a few undesirable circumstances, sport is continuing to adapt and excel in the COVID-19 world, with sporting codes ensuring the health of athletes while still allowing for sport to continue. It’s been another few big week’s in sport and one particular event yesterday which captured the world’s attention…

Top 5 Sporting Moments of the Week:

5. A massive shoutout to Australian tennis stars Jordan Thompson and Alex De Minaur for their performances at the US Open. There has been lots of controversy leading into the tournament and preparation has been far from smooth; however, both of these Australians have overcome adversity to reach the 4th round of a Grand Slam. Although Thompson was knocked out of the competition this morning, De Minaur has a huge opportunity to go deep into a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

4. Sonny Bill Williams is back in the NRL! The 35-year-old made his long-awaited comeback to the NRL after he was released by the Toronto Wolfpack. His return was very short, only 13 minutes on the field, but it’s great to see a legend of the game back playing in Australia. I hope his minutes continue to grow and we can see more of one of the greatest athletes of all time!

3. MotoGP has had a fantastic start to the season. In recent years, MotoGP has been dominated by Marc Marquez, one of the best racers of all time. However, a severe arm injury has opened the door for many young riders to make a name for themselves, and they definitely have. Miguel Oliveira became the first Portuguese racer to win a GP. Brad Binder secured his first win at the Czech Republic GP. And the top 9 drivers in the overall standings are separated by just 30 points! This season is going to go down to the wire.

2. Where will Lionel Messi go? After a humiliating defeat in the Champions League semi-final by Bayern Munich, Barcelona has been searching for what they need to do to improve. Their marquee player, Lionel Messi, made his intentions clear that he wished to leave the club, with Manchester City the most likely location for Messi to move to. However, after a sit-down interview where Messi willingly exposed his current club, it seems likely that Messi will stay at Barcelona. For how long? Who knows.

1. Pierre Gasly wins the Italian GP! This is an incredible result! Formula One has been dominated by three teams for the past 6 years, Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull. However, no driver from these 3 top teams finished on the podium in this year’s crazy, exciting, and brilliant Italian GP. After being dropped from Red Bull Racing last year, Pierre Gasly has been in inspired form this season, culminating in his first victory and Alpha Tauri’s first victory in over a decade.

Feature Article: There’s nothing funny about the Djoker.

Novak Djokovic has always been a polarising figure. Despite his incredible success on the tennis court over an extended period, he hasn’t been able to fully receive the support of the public. 2020 has been far from ideal for Novak Djokovic, and his latest actions may jeopardise his career and legacy.

Djokovic, the world number 1 and owner of 17 grand slam titles, was disqualified from the US Open after hitting an official in the throat with a tennis ball. The act was not intentional, but it was incredibly negligent. However, what was more shocking was his reaction to the incident. Instead of running to the official to make sure she was okay. He stood still with his arm stretched out and then slowly made his way over to her. He spent more energy and looked more interested when trying to argue with the match officials as to why he shouldn’t be disqualified then when he actually hit the official. Moreover, he ran back home instead of going to a press conference which all players must attend. He failed to take accountability for his actions. A social media post 6 hours later while sitting on the couch is easy, but it does not demonstrate accountability.

This latest event is one of many perplexing decisions Djokovic has made this year. Firstly, Djokovic has publicly stated his opposition to mandatory COVID vaccinations. Yes, Novak, we understand you may be immune because you have already contracted COVID, but that doesn’t make everyone else immune. But how did Djokovic contract the virus? By organising a tennis tournament in the middle of the pandemic, with an utter disregard for social distancing, creating a COVID cluster among leading players.

What has Novak’s response been to his actions?

This was his words in an interview last month.

“It’s obviously more than just criticism, it’s like an agenda and a witch-hunt. Someone has to take the fall, a big name.”

Novak, you are not a victim in this situation. I understand that deep down, you mean well, but you must start to take accountability for your actions and demonstrate you’ve made some changes.

You may be remembered as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. But people won’t remember how you played tennis. People will remember how you conducted yourself on and off the court.

You may be the Djoker, but there is nothing funny about your actions.

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