“Idiotic behaviour": Serbian media blasts Wimbledon crowd for booing Djokovic

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 at 19:20
Serbian media strongly criticized the Wimbledon crowd following the controversy over boos directed at Novak Djokovic. The 7-time champion at the All England Club had a dominant performance against Holger Rune to reach the quarterfinals after a spectacular victory of 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
The 37-year-old player was constantly booed during the second and third sets by a portion of the crowd, which didn’t sit well with Nole. In the on-court interview, Djokovic complained about the boos: “To all those people that have chosen to disrespect the player, in this case me, have a goooood night."

Wimbledon crowd criticized by Serbian press

Djokovic’s words were a sarcastic response to the crowd’s chants for Rune, elongating the name to shout ‘Ruuune,’ which Nole imitated with his ‘goooood night.’
"I know they were cheering for Rune but that’s an excuse also to boo. Listen, I’ve been on the tour for more than 20 years so I know all the tricks, I know how it works. It’s fine, it's okay,” Djokovic continued. “There's some respectful people who paid for a ticket to come and watch tonight and they love tennis and appreciate the players."
The sensationalist newspaper Alo! wrote an editorial titled "English, thanks for hating Novak" commenting that such actions of hatred against the Serbian legend have been a driving force behind many of his great results: "Finally, what we've all been wishing for for years happened - Novak Djokovic lashed out at the rude audience and brought them to the ground," the article began.
Novak Djokovic against Rune in Wimbledon.
"Countless times, Nole experienced being booed for no reason, insulted, belittled, lied about and each time he tried to 'drop the ball' by giving some neutral comment so that the audience (God forbid) would not get upset. Now Novak decided not to remain silent, and the final straw was that his children were forced to listen to whistles directed at their father, who did not deserve such a thing."
"We have no doubt at all that from Monday, the famous Serbian stubbornness will work and that Novak will do his best to shut the mouths of his haters again," the piece read. "In fact, what our legend needed for months happened - fuel, motivation, and the desire to win. So, English, thank you for making Djokovic what he is with your idiotic behaviour."

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