Novak Djokovic and the British crowd have never been the greatest of pairings at Wimbledon, but the level of ‘hostility’ from the crowd in the World No.1’s most recent match prompted unsavoury scenes.
Djokovic was at his superb best after dismantling American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) win on Friday to extend his winning streak in grand slams to 17 matches.
But, despite the straight sets win, the match wasn’t without its animosity and drama.
Djokovic hasn’t always shared the warmest relationship with the British public compared to the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
However, the crowd perturbed many viewers watching around the world after they became very vocal about their support for the underdog Kudla.
While Djokovic is accustomed to this from time to time throughout his career, the World No.1 certainly let his feelings made towards members of the crowd.
At one point in the match, Djokovic faced a section of the crowd.
Djokovic let out a huge roar after winning the point before fist pumping numerous times in the direction of a raucous section.
The moment divided fans around the world.
Many fans felt the crowd was being overly ‘hostile’ towards arguably the greatest tennis player of all time.
This prompted fans to slam the crowd’s lack of respect for the champion as ‘disgraceful’.
Djokovic is playing some of the best tennis the Wimbledon crowd will EVER see- and still they support the other guy! Go Djoker #Wimbledon2021
— David Weber (@davidpeterweber) July 2, 2021
Djokovic already spent far too long indulging this crowd with this interview. Should have just said ‘Are you not entertained’ then dropped the mic and walked off like a Don. #Wimbledon
— VUC 👆 (@vuc9) July 2, 2021
What’s with these commentators getting excited whenever Djokovic loses a point , if disgraceful British crowd wasn’t enough…#Wimbledon2021 #Wimbledon
— Ashish P (@IBSfighter) July 2, 2021
Why, I mean why everyone is against him, seeing the crowd at Wimbledon and at many more tournaments is frustrating.
Everyone who plays against djokovic is a crowd favourite. If it was Nadal & Federer, would it be the same,
No, never. It’s shame. #Wimbledon #Djokovic #Kulda https://t.co/1BReYo6iUm
— Vishal Singh (@Singh08641203) July 2, 2021
That I know but isn’t it disrespect? People hate him bcoz he has challenged Federer & Nadal and now on the way to surpass them.
— Vishal Singh (@Singh08641203) July 2, 2021
Why does the @Wimbledon crowd not support Djokovic? He’s a master at his craft and superb to watch. Jealous much? #Wimbledon @DjokerNole
— Lynn Greer (@Lynn_The_Bin) July 2, 2021
They just never learn. Crowd hostility is just what Djokovic thrives on. https://t.co/rNRD8fqdjq
— Dicco (@Diccoooo) July 2, 2021
#Wimbledon was Tim Henman watching the Andy Murray match the other evening when he was roaring at the crowd. Described as great ‘passion ‘ then but when Djokovic does it, it’s an issue that needs to be raised at the Press Conference. Double standards
— Roger Turner #FBPE #OurNHSWorkers #3.5% (@dodgemeisterT) July 2, 2021
While plenty felt Djokovic’s ‘puzzling’ reaction towards the crowd is the embodiment of why he finds himself at odds with many supporters around the globe.
#Djokovic was very frustrated by the crowd supporting his opponent #Kudla & he really had a go at them particularly in the 2nd set & end of the match as well. That’s not the best way to get the crowd on his side though. #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/w7HjPau7Ru
— SportsTalk (@rajeshworld) July 2, 2021
Frankly, I love watching Djokovic but find his aggressive behavior puzzling, given that he’s leading comfortably. I don’t know how it can be justified, honestly. Plenty of crowd support for him too today, so he can’t really hang on to that.
— 3shul (@neptunes_spear_) July 2, 2021
Djokovic is demonstrating why so many dislike him. His opponent gets some crowd support and he can’t hack it, gets aggressive and screams at the crowd. #Wimbledon
— Richard Tompkins (@RETompkins) July 2, 2021
Regardless of the crowd support, Djokovic sent down another marker to his rivals as he looks to equal Federer and Nadal’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
Novak Djokovic advances at Wimbledon
Djokovic also took another step towards a sixth Wimbledon crown, the third leg of the calendar-year grand slam, and a record-equalling 20th major title.
He can even still emulate Steffi Graf in 1988 when she won all four grand slams and gold at the Olympics – a feat yet to be repeated.
The 34-year-old had described his second-round victory over Kevin Anderson as “flawless”, but he did not remotely hit those heights against the American qualifier.
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Vanessa Bryant is suing Los Angeles County, accusing county sheriff’s and fire department employees of improperly sharing photos of dead bodies from the site of the crash that killed nine, including the NBA legend.
As the case heads to trial in February, perhaps the biggest question hovering above it is what her goal is for it.
Andy Murray’s wedding ring and shoes returned following Indian Wells disappearance
Andy Murray’s wedding ring and tennis shoes have been recovered after they seemingly disappeared in the California desert.
The three-time major winner is preparing for action at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and left his tennis shoes outside underneath his car to dry out overnight – but they were nowhere to be seen when he returned in the morning.
And it was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.
In an Instagram video posted late on Thursday, which was shared on Twitter by the ATP Tour Murray said: “I just want to send a quick message to say a huge thanks for all the messages and also to everyone for sharing the story about the shoes and the wedding ring.
“(I) had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel and everything.
“Little update for everyone,” he said as he raised the shoes into view.
“Would you believe it, they still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books. Let’s go.”
The shoes are back. 👟
The ring is back. 💍
Let’s go, @andy_murray!!! 💪#BNPPO21 pic.twitter.com/hA5VKX98mm
— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 7, 2021
In an earlier post, Murray light-heartedly appealed for the return of the ring – to help him smooth things over with his frustrated wife.
He explained leaving his shoes to dry out under his car as “I have no balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out”.
Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral. The couple now have four children.
The Scot is due to play France’s Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Indian Wells on Friday.
NASCAR Star Has Brutally Honest Admission On Michael Jordan
Legendary Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan has a very commanding presence, both on and off the basketball court.
In recent years, Jordan has gotten involved in other sports, namely NASCAR. The NBA Hall of Famer is part owner of 23XI Racing, which is co-owned by Denny Hamlin.
The NASCAR team features Bubba Wallace and is adding Kurt Busch for the 2022 season.
Busch, a veteran NASCAR driver, had a brutally honest admission on his meeting with Jordan.
“I mean he is the GOAT. The situation, the way it all came together, it was this impressive meeting out in Sonoma earlier this summer. Right away, I got along with him. Just with the way he was chill but also presented this aura about him. ‘We will win. We are here to win. This is what this is about,’” Busch remembered in an interview with SiriusXM. “And it was like, ‘Yes sir.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t call me sir.’ I said, ‘Alright, let’s win.’”
Busch is excited to get going for 23XI Racing.
“It was just easy right away to piece together what the contract is,” he recalled. “Monster Energy was incredibly excited about it. Toyota, they were the ones behind the scenes, kind of pushing for a veteran to jump in the program and move the needle with 23XI. I’ve raced a long time for a lot of different legendary owners and Hall of Famers in NASCAR. MJ definitely has a different presence about him.”
The 2022 season should be a fun one.