Novak Djokovic takes Wimbledon villain status to new level after ‘jerks’ boo him

Serbia's Novak Djokovic stares at the crowd who were cheering Denmark's Holger Rune during their match at Wimbledon 2024

Novak Djokovic seems to becoming more and more of a villain (Picture: Getty)

Novak Djokovic has never been as loved or appreciated as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and that was evident after Monday’s Wimbledon meltdown.

There are many people who actively dislike Djokovic – something the Serbian puts down to the fact he doesn’t come from a ‘western country’ as well as his ‘attitude’, acknowledging some view him as an ‘arrogant p****’ due to his unapologetic and passionate desire to become the greatest tennis player of all time.

Other reasons include his on-court behaviour – with Nadal’s uncle describing Djokovic’s antics as ‘complicated’ – given he is known to regularly motivate himself by picking fights with fans, umpires and even his own box during matches. He’s also been described as a ‘whiny-loser’ and ‘non-genuine’ by some critics.

Djokovic has taken his Wimbledon villain status to a new level on Centre Court this year, though, angrily ranting at British spectators in his on-court interview following a fourth-round win over Holger Rune in a gigantic public tantrum.

The 37-year-old was left absolutely furious at the fans who had been slyly booing him, calling them out for ‘disrespect’ and furiously insisting they ‘can’t touch’ him. He then doubled down about it in an incredibly awkward BBC interview, insisting he didn’t regret what he said or did, before abruptly ending the conversation.

Most fans were chanting ‘Ruuuuuuune’ – which sounded a lot like ‘boooooooo’ – but it was later confirmed that some spectators had actually been throwing in boos as a subtle way of making their hostile feelings towards Djokovic known.

‘There were jerks sitting next to me using Rune’s name to boo Djokovic and it became infectious,’ said one Wimbledon fan, who was sat on Centre Court.

Novak Djokovic couldn’t hide his emotions as he slammed the crowd (Picture: Getty)

‘It was embarrassing. That’s no way to treat a player who has given this sport so much. I wasn’t cheering for Novak before but I am now. I hope he wins.’

Speaking after the match, Djokovic turned to the crowd and said: ‘To all the people that have chosen to disrespect the player, in this case me, gooooooooood night. They were [disrespecting me]. I am not accepting it. No no no. I know they were cheering for Rune but that’s an excuse to also boo.

‘Listen, I have been on the tour for more than 20 years. I know all the tricks. I focus on the respectful people that pay for the ticket, and love tennis and appreciate the players. I played in much more hostile environments, trust me – you guys can’t touch me.’

Novak Djokovic is a seven-time champion at Wimbledon (Picture: Getty)

It’s certainly not the first time Djokovic has fallen out with the Centre Court crowd. During last year’s final he cupped his ears and blew sarcastic kisses in their direction, clearly frustrated at their overwhelming support for Carlos Alcaraz.

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Source:: Metro


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