Novak Djokovic thought that the spectators at the Washington, D.C., tournament who booed him during a tiebreaker should have booed Serena Williams — after all, she’s pregnant. Disliking to lose is bad enough, but for a server like Djokovic to lose his cool is doubly shameful, because when it comes to serving they’re so damned important.
Djokovic used the example of Serena Williams to explain the moment during his match against Denis Istomin on Saturday when he hit a crucial service winner that got him out of danger.
“[The crowd] should have booed Serena [Williams] or even me and been like, ‘You know what? We need to win today,’” Djokovic said. The grand slam master looked like he was taking the crowd’s anger a little too literally when he answered back the crowd, saying “boo, boo, boo” and he also cussed a few times too, but on Sunday he defended himself saying he actually heard “loud applause.” He also said he had not heard boos at other matches and wasn’t using the tactic to troll the crowd. He explained that he liked it when he’s booed and the crowd is on his side in his sporting endeavors.
I’m not sure if he’s right, though. After the fact, Williams herself came out and said she was actually cheering on Djokovic. Is anyone really surprised?
Next up for Djokovic: the French Open. So far it’s looked like he’s already begun to slip. In the first round of the clay court tournament he was easily defeated by Benoit Paire. And in his second round match on Sunday, he barely defeated Viktor Troicki in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 match. Djokovic said he’s not over-thinking things, which is a pretty good way to answer the questions.