Novak Djokovic blowup, Wheres Wallys spectators ejected


Security was forced to escort a group of rowdy fans out of Rod Laver Arena during Novak Djokovic’s 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0 victory over Enzo Couacaud on Thursday night.

In the third game of the fourth set, Djokovic voiced his displeasure to chair umpire Fergus Murphy, claiming a spectator was “drunk out of his mind”.

“You’re kidding me, I know who it is. The guy’s drunk out of his mind. From the first points, the guy’s here provoking me,” Djokovic could be heard saying.

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“He’s not here to watch tennis. He just wants to get in my head.

“So I’m asking you, what are you going to do about it? You heard him at least 10 times, I heard him 50 times.

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“Get the security guard to get him out of the stadium.”

A security guard was then seen talking to a group of spectators who were dressed in Where’s Wally costumes.

They were soon escorted out of the stadium.

Djokovic defied injury concerns earlier in the match as courtside commentator Josh Eagle caught sight of the nine-time Australian Open champion limping between points.

“What the cameras might not have picked up on … when Enzo Couacaud came in and knocked off that volley earlier in the (fourth) game, Novak pulled up and there was a grimace on his face and a little bit of a limp,” he said.

“That was very noticeable. A few of us courtside did not miss it.

“So I’m just wondering how the leg is genuinely feeling.

Djokovic’s cheeky quip to crowd

“I am convinced he is playing so aggressively this tournament because he is trying to keep the points shorter. He doesn’t want to get into long, grinding rallies.”

After several attempts to stretch out his troublesome left hamstring, Djokovic called for the trainer to receive some treatment, before briefly leaving the court.

Despite fears the lingering injury could force him to retire, Djokovic returned to the court with re-enforced strapping and resumed his winning ways.

“There was a lot happening in tonight’s match,” Djokovic said post-match.

“We both had some medical times out and struggled a bit.”

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