Novak Djokovic recently got into a fight with a fan during one of his US Open practice sessions and the video is now doing rounds on the internet.
Djokovic was due to play a practice match at 5 PM but the same got postponed to 6 and then 7 PM. He finally arrived at the court at 7:25 PM and was practicing some shots when a fan presumably heckled him.
Oh wow.. Djokovic getting into a tiff with one of the fans in the middle of his warm-up. Not happy with something that was said. @BenRothenberg @bgtennisnation pic.twitter.com/cAXeMpj6s0— Sridhar Natarajan (@sridinats) August 31, 2019
The person’s exact words are unknown but Djokovic was agitated enough to go to them and talk face-to-face.
The two had a heated conversation, at the end of which Djokovic was heard saying, “I will find you”.
The video has been doing rounds on social media since then, with people saying it was unprofessional of him to talk that way.
“Trust me, I come find you.”— Sridhar Natarajan (@sridinats) August 31, 2019
Very unlike Novak who’s usually the best among the top players with fans. Unclear what was said to him to prompt that reaction
He asked for a photo of that fan to be provided to him (while that person was being led away I presume). pic.twitter.com/yj6elVJeAl— Sridhar Natarajan (@sridinats) August 31, 2019
Djokovic wants everyone to love him hahaha pathetic— Tun Anwar Bee (@nwar82) August 31, 2019
And then he compliant Or I should say cry abt. not being loved and cheered like Roger and Rafa.🤦🏽♀️— Abhishek (@abhi3627) August 31, 2019
However, some also took his side and said that the fan should not have done that.
Some people just can’t see other people working consistently towards their goals.. @DjokerNole ..! Ignore such people. They are not meant to be entertained. Lots of love❤#USOpen #Djokovic— Aneesha Rao (@AneeshaRao) August 31, 2019
Oh no! One of the best things about the open is how close you can get to the players. I hope one bad egg doesn’t ruin everything.— Joe Maximo (@Maxshade7) August 31, 2019
Why picking on this guy? And exaggerate, and using anything to make this guy look bad?it seems there was nothing smarter to bring from US open, but to comment on things u don’t even know what was it.This man is a legend of tennis, you like it or not.He simple defended himself.— Sladj (@anadj) August 31, 2019
This is not the first time Novak Djokovic has been involved in a controversy on the tennis court but this one – by his own admission – helped him win the match against Denis Kudla.