Borna Gojo Advocates for More Excitement in Tennis: Calls for Fan Cheering During Points

Borna Gojo Addresses the Thrilling Atmosphere at the US Open, Discusses Tennis Trash Talk, and Contemplates Potential Showdown with Djokovic in Press Conference

If you’ve had the chance to witness Borna Gojo on the tennis court, even for just a set, you couldn’t have missed one defining characteristic apart from his powerful serve – his undeniable emotion. Hailing from Split, Croatia, this 25-year-old wears his heart on his sleeve, and his candidness is equally evident when he engages with the media off the court.

At Flushing Meadows, Borna Gojo is experiencing the tournament of his life. Despite having won just one Grand Slam main draw match in his career, he embarked on a remarkable journey at the US Open, starting in the qualifying rounds and triumphing in five consecutive matches, with only one set loss, which occurred in the first round of qualifiers against Hamad Medjedovic.

His most significant career victory came against the in-form Mackenzie McDonald in the second round, where he secured a convincing win with a scoreline of 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. This exceptional performance is poised to propel Gojo into the top 100 of the ATP rankings for the first time in his career, with a projected ranking of 88 at the moment.

Reflecting on his recent success, Gojo candidly shared his thoughts with a small group of journalists in his native Croatian. “I prayed to God to finish it in three sets, especially since the weather was scorching. I’m pleased that I managed to serve it out, considering I messed up a couple of times in the past – here and at other Grand Slams,” he admitted.

During the ensuing fifteen-minute conversation, Gojo openly discussed various topics without reservation. He expressed his perspective on the tennis experience, stating, “I don’t mind the noise. I played college tennis, so for me, the crazier, the better. I’m accustomed to it. I enjoy it when the atmosphere becomes a bit tense because, let’s face it, tennis is an extremely dull sport for spectators. As a spectator, you have to remain silent… I would change that. Look at other sports. I attend Hajduk matches (the football team from his hometown), and I’m expected to stay quiet? Come on!”

GOJO Advocates for a Bold Tennis Overhaul: Trash Talk and Rule Changes on His Wishlist

While recounting his experiences, Gojo reminisced, “I’ve never encountered any issues with fans, but there were plenty of heated moments during my college days, like people tossing things at you. Once, a teammate was itching for a fight, and the police had to step in to prevent things from escalating.”

Expressing his concern about the state of tennis, Gojo passionately asserted, “I believe tennis is stagnating, and we need to inject some life into it. I’d be up for a complete rule overhaul! First of all, why not have ball boys bring the towels? I mean, I have to trek to get one every time. Additionally, I’d love to see players allowed a little shoulder bump or some trash talk, a touch of provocation. We don’t have to get into physical fights, but I’d like the freedom to exchange words with my opponent. The way things stand now, if I say something, they’re on the phone with the authorities in a flash. It’s all so rigid.”

Furthermore, Gojo proposed changes to the fan experience, saying, “I’d also be in favor of allowing spectators to move around and chat freely. Some players get irritated if someone shifts in the 77th row of the biggest stadiums. On outside courts, everyone is strolling around, so why not? I’d permit people to come and go as they please, without having to wait for two games. I remember what it’s like from my time as a fan. And honestly, I can’t see any good reason why fans shouldn’t be able to cheer during points. Sure, it might get annoying at times, but hey, what’s the harm?”

Borna Gojo Expresses Enthusiasm for Potential Clash with Djokovic: “An Amazing Opportunity”

Regarding the possibility of facing Novak Djokovic in the fourth round, Borna Gojo stated, “My head is fried from the sun, and I’m not even sure who I’m playing next (Jiry Vesely). In case I do play Novak, it would be an incredible opportunity.”

Gojo’s Take on Swearing and Media Scrutiny

Gojo didn’t hold back when discussing media scrutiny of his language on the court: “I find it absurd, the way you journalists focus on this. Why not write about everything said during a football or basketball match? What’s the fuss? I’ll swear again. People claim I don’t know how to behave. Well, those people should step onto the court, get off the couch, engage in sports, play at Wimbledon – then we can discuss whether they refrain from swearing. I can only chuckle at things like this – is it really newsworthy when someone like Luka Modrić (Real Madrid football player) uses colorful language?”

Nikola Jokic’s Relaxation and Public Scrutiny

Gojo shared his perspective on athletes and their personal lives, citing the example of Nikola Jokic, an NBA champion with the Denver Nuggets: “It’s completely normal, kudos to him. Do athletes have to be robotic? For me, it’s silly to pretend to be someone I’m not. I’m not superior or more intelligent than the average person; I’m simply trying to excel in my job. So why should anyone care if I have a few drinks afterward… The issue is that nowadays, everyone is recording everything everywhere. If I were in Nikola Jokic’s shoes, I’d end up in the headlines three times a day.”

Respecting the Unique Paths of the “Big 3”

In discussing the lifestyles of tennis legends Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, Gojo emphasized their individuality: “It’s about who they are, and I applaud them for that. Nole, Federer, Nadal – each of them has their own way of life. Djokovic can’t go partying after every trophy he wins – he’s won so much; he’d become a drunk! Everyone has their own journey, and who am I to judge? We all do what we feel is best for ourselves.”

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