The Serb, rightly, was very upset by what happened
Not just controversies and discussions with the crowd: Novak Djokovic shared his anger and frustration for another event related to this edition of the Davis Cup Finals. In general, it was not a quiet debut for the Serbian in Malaga, in the match against Cameron Norrie’s Great Britain.
Nole, on the court, did his duty, beating the former top 10 quite easily, but some unpleasant episodes disturbed his serenity. The world number one didn’t like the behavior of the British fans at all, who booed him on several occasions.
Both during the match and afterwards, in the post-match interview. Djokovic had an argument with the crowd in the stands, urging them to show respect. These are his words of controversy: “It was disrespectful but once again it is something I have to be prepared for.
In this competition it is normal for the fans to sometimes cross the line, but in the heat of the moment you too react and, in a certain meaning, you show that you don’t accept that type of behavior. You can do whatever you want but I will answer you.
This is what happened. At the end I was trying to speak and they deliberately started beating the drums to keep me from talking, as they had been trying to disturb me throughout the match.”
Why Djokovic has right to be so annoyed
But it wasn’t the only episode that sent Djokovic into a rage.
Before the match, the 24-time Grand Slam champion had to undergo an anti-doping test, a ritual that usually takes place after matches. Speaking to the Serbian press, Nole let off steam by telling how things went: “I had to undergo an anti-doping test less than two hours before the match against Norrie.
It wasn’t even a complete anti-doping test, but just a sample of blood. A man sitting in the corner followed me for hours. I had a discussion with him, because in 20 years of my career it had never happened to me before. I received a notification an hour and a half before the game.
I have my routine and I don’t want distractions: thinking about taking blood, thinking about whether I’ll have to donate a urine sample… A completely illogical decision,” he said impatiently. Then again: “When I spoke to the representative of the anti-doping agency, they told me that the reason was that it would be very late after the match and also to give time to the other team to rest, but then I told them that the winner of the match would not play the next day.
I always took tests, but not before the game. What changed? I would have been there at the end of the game. This is scandalous. There is nothing to hide, but there are also limits.” Anti-doping controls are the basis of healthy competitive loyalty, but what was done in Nole, two hours before the start of the match, was idiocy. I underline: this applies to Djokovic as it does to all other tennis stars.