Novak Djokovic: Heckler Was Persistently Insulting Me, Limits Were Crossed

Heckler persistently insulted me, boundaries were crossed

Novak Djokovic noticed that you have a problem when someone who interrupts simply doesn’t know when to stop and crosses the line, as was the case during your australian open round of 16 match against Enzo Couacaud. After tolerating one particular interloper for two hours, Djokovic lost his cool during the fourth set and began to rant about the spectator crossing the line.

During his tirade, Djokovic described the troublemaker as «drunk out of his mind» and someone who was «not here for tennis.» «The vast majority of fans are here to be respectful and watch sports. Some cheer you on, some don’t, no problem.»

I have problems when guys cross the line too many times. One was insulting, provocative. I supported him for 1h30. Two hours have passed, not ten minutes. I had enough. I can tolerate 5, 6 times, but the limits were crossed. It is not necessary for me or another player to be in this situation.

2h is enough for a supervisor or an empire of chairs to react. They didn’t,» Djokovic said after the match, according to Tennis Majors.

What Djokovic told the chair umpire about the troublemaker

Djokovic was doing his best to ignore the heckler, until the moment he completely blew up.

While pleading his case, Djokovic went to great lengths to explain to the chair umpire why the troublemaker justified being thrown out of the stadium.

«Can we get this guy out? All night.

What are you gonna do about it? What? Please answer. Are you kidding me? You know who he is, the guy is drunk like crazy, from the get go he’s been teasing, teasing! He’s not here to watch tennis, he just wants to get into my head.

So, I ask you, what are you going to do about it? You’ve heard it at least 10 times, I’ve heard it 50 times, what are you going to do about it? Why don’t you take him out of the stadium?» Djokovic was heard telling the referee.

Meanwhile, Djokovic was able to beat Couacaud in four sets and advance to the third round of the Australian Open. In his next match, Djokovic plays a familiar face, Grigor Dimitrov.

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