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French Open 2023: Novak Djokovic Rages at ‘Disrespectful’ Fans

Novak Djokovic received boos and jeers when he requested a medical timeout

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Sadaf Hasan
Sadaf Hasan
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FRANCE: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic called the French audience “disrespectful” after they booed him during his victory over Spanish Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Djokovic beat the No. 29 seed 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 in 3 hours and 26 minutes, his longest victory in straight sets in a Grand Slam match.

The Serbian, on the other hand, received boos and jeers when he requested a medical timeout at the end of the second set to receive a massage on his left leg. In response, he clapped and cynically gave a thumbs-up.

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In a news conference, Djokovic stated that the bulk of fans come to enjoy tennis or to support one or more players, but they are all individuals. He went on to say that there are people, groups, or whatever who love to criticise whatever you do. 

The Serbian tennis player stated that he finds that disrespectful, which he does not understand, but that is their right. He added that they had paid for the ticket and could do anything they wanted.

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Djokovic took control after trailing 5-4 in the tiebreaker and being two points away from losing the second set. The next three points he scored all came as a result of errors by Davidovich Fokina before taking a few steps towards the sideline and reacting by punching in the air, spinning around, giving an uppercut, holding his right hand high, and roaring.

Some audience members had negative reactions to this. A moment later, the chair umpire expressed his displeasure with him once more when he announced that Djokovic was taking a medical break as a trainer massaged his upper left leg.

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Djokovic, who was sitting in his chair with his shirt off and a white towel around his shoulders, heard the remarks and gestured in response. He made a hand motion as if to say, “Give me more!” He smiled sarcastically while nodding. He gave a sarcastic thumbs-up and clapped. He shook his head while chuckling.

“At times, you know, I will stay quiet. Not at times”—actually, 99% of the time, I will stay quiet,” Djokovic added. He won the French Open in 2016 and 2021, in addition to vying for a 23rd major title to overtake Rafael Nadal and possibly become the first person to win at least three trophies at each Slam location.

He stated that he will occasionally oppose it because he believes that when someone is obnoxious, he or she deserves an answer, and that is what it is all about. 

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