But earlier in the week, Djokovic was unable to join the ATP’s Zoom call. This proved to be the straw that broke fellow ATP player Noah Rubin’s back. The New York native lit into the ATP player council president on Monday’s edition of his podcast,Behind the Racquet Pod.
“These pictures of him playing soccer have surfaced. You can make time for that but you can’t get on a Zoom call for 30 seconds?" Rubin said, adding that over 300 players joined the 3.5-hour call. "Stuff like that makes me fully aware of the logistical nightmare that is tennis and how there are too many moving parts, how it really is a lost cause in the end."
Rubin explained how most of the Zoom conference call was about the possibilities of Cincinnati and the US Open happening this summer. But his frustration with the world No. 1 is what is catching everyone's attention.
"Don’t put yourself in a situation where you are relied on,” Rubin said. “If you wanna look out for yourself, look out for yourself, this sport was built for that. But then don’t put yourself in a situation where others rely on you. If I can’t get in touch with you, if you aren’t helping me out, if you can’t get on a f*ing Zoom call, what is the point of all of this?”
With his ranking of No. 225, Rubin would normally be in the US Open qualifying draw—which looks like it will be absent from this year's edition.