"If someone steps over the line, I react": Novak Djokovic stands by calling crowd disrespectful at Wimbledon

Thursday, 11 July 2024 at 01:15
Novak Djokovic eased past Holger Rune on Monday evening at Wimbledon, but it wasn't the win that hit the headlines. It was his post match interview and reaction to the crowd which he stood by.
Djokovic wished them all a 'gooooood night' amid perceived booing instead of chants of 'Ruuune' like he was told. He said he knew the tricks of the trade and wasn't going to be roped in by supposed falsities about what the crowd were doing.
He said afterwards simply that if the crowd does something he doesn't like he will react. Used to being the pantomime villain of tennis to some, he is used to the booing and jeering so it is nothing new but it shows don't poke the bear if you don't want what comes next. Djokovic also has often used it as fuel to the fire in order to win matches and it seemed to be the case again here.
“I don’t know what Wimbledon can really do about it. In those particular moments, when the crowd paid their ticket… They have the right to be there and cheer the way they want to cheer. That’s absolutely, you know… how they choose to behave or support the player is really up to them. Yes.. You could argue that maybe a chair umpire or whoever could step in during certain moments and calm them down.
"But there’s not much you can do.. you’re not gonna take out the section of the whole stadium out because they’re behaving or showing disrespect. It’s just the way it is. It’s part of the sport. It’s one of the reasons we’re here… it’s why the tournament is so important historically and why we’re globally recognized as tennis players is because of the fans. Because of the interest they put into watching tennis matches, paying tickets.. I respect that. I try to acknowledge that. All the true tennis fans that really respect players.. of course you’re gonna support one player over the other. It’s solely up to them. It’s fully understandable. They have the freedom to choose who they back in the match. If someone steps over the line, I react. That’s basically what it was. After the match I said what I said.”

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