Novak Djokovic has again complained about fan behavior at the Australian Open after his opponent was urged to ‘send him home’ 12 months after his deportation story.
The 35-year-old returned to Melbourne Park for this year’s tournament, having missed the 2022 event after the Australian government expelled him due to his vaccination status.
Aiming to win his 10th Down Under, Djokovic made light work of Russian opponent Andrey Rublev in the first set of their quarterfinal on Wednesday night, winning 6-1.
Novak Djokovic exploded again at a heckler during his match at the Australian Open
The 35-year-old pointed to a fan in the audience who shouted “send him home” on Wednesday
The Serb demanded that the umpire keep the heckler ‘silence’ during his game
But Djokovic was clearly upset by the bickering from the Rod Laver Arena crowd and referee James Keothavong was heard urging him to take action after a fan was reportedly heard yelling, “Send him home Rublev, send him home.”
When Rublev served from a 4-1 deficit, Djokovic said to the umpire, “Can you tell the frontman to shut up or not? Any point, any point you don’t respond to.”
Then, after winning the first set, Djokovic continued: ‘I don’t mind if he supports him [Rublev]. But he’s said things about me three or four times in a row.’
Djokovic was deported from Australia last year after an argument over his vaccination status
Djokovic has had quite a few run-ins with fans during this year’s tournament, after complaining earlier in the competition about a fan who had ‘gone crazy’.
He took matters into his own hands during his second-round game, telling the umpire that during a tie-break against Enzo Couacaud, the spectator tried to “get into my head.”
“That man has gone crazy, from the first moment he challenged me,” he said. “He’s not here to watch tennis. He just wants to get inside my head.
Djokovic also asked the umpire: ‘What are you going to do about it? Why don’t you get security to get him out of the stadium?’
He returned to Melbourne Park this year with the aim of winning his 10th Australian Open title
Djokovic stormed to a two-set lead in his match against No. 5 Andrey Rublev
A security guard then spoke to a group of fans dressed as Where’s Wally to try and calm things down.
But the hecklers didn’t stop Djokovic from advancing to the third round, where the Serb defeated Frenchman Couacaud 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0.
Speaking of the rowdy crowd, Djokovic said after the game, “What I have a problem with is when someone crosses the line multiple times… and says things that weren’t respectful at all.”
Djokovic, who said the bickering had been going on for more than an hour and a half, added: “I’ve had enough, you know?”
Meanwhile, Andy Murray faced a barrage of insults from Australian fans during his match against Thanasi Kokkinakis.
It is not the first time Djokovic has made a fuss about fans after complaining in the 2nd round
Security officer talks to four fans in Where’s Wally costumes at Rod Laver Arena, who are believed to have tried to upset the Serbian superstar
Murray was furious that the match – the longest match the Briton has ever played in his career at 5 hours 45 minutes – went into the early morning hours in Melbourne, where the star finally defeated Kokkinakis at 4:08 am local time.
Sitting down after winning the fourth set, Murray told the umpire it was “so disrespectful” that the players are not allowed to take a break to go to the toilet when it’s 4am – and if they’re already been playing for a long time. over 5 hours.
“I mean, do you know something,” Murray said to the umpire, raising his finger. ‘I respect the rules. It’s so disrespectful that the tournament lets us be here until 3, f***ing 4 in the morning and we’re not allowed to piss.’
“It’s a joke,” Murray added, as the referee nodded. “It’s a joke and you know it too. It’s disrespectful. It’s disrespectful to you, it’s disrespectful to the ball kids, it’s disrespectful to the players. And we are not allowed to go to the toilet. Ridiculous.’