Novak Djokovic after complaining about disruptive fan: I'm no spoiled brat

Djokovic was heckled by a fan during his US Open second round clash.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic after complaining about disruptive fan: I'm no spoiled brat

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic insisted he was not being a "spoiled brat" for complaining about a disruptive fan at the US Open. During his second round clash at the US Open, Djokovic was heckled by a fan, who shouted just before an overhead smash -- it led to a Djokovic miss.

However, it didn't stop there and Djokovic decided to react, complaining to chair umpire that the disruptive fan was disturbing him regularly during points. "When tennis players talk about that, someone who is watching team sports would say, ‘What a spoiled brat’,” Djokovic said, per Tennishead.

“But it’s a different sport. Look, there’s a lot of noise happening on the stadium, particularly in the night sessions. I don’t mind that. “Even sometimes during the point it happens that people out of excitement, they just scream or they release like a sound or whatever, sigh, whatever you call it.

And that’s fine. “But if someone intentionally does it over and over again, then I have tolerance up to a certain point, then it’s not correct, then it’s not fine. It’s not fair. I feel like it’s not good for us players.

“I mean, particularly that guy for some reason was calling, raising the sound and kind of screaming just before I would hit my smash, which was a big point. Before that he would do a few times. After that again."

Djokovic understands the entertainment part but adds there should be limits

“That wasn’t nice.

That’s all. I don’t mind the noise. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s important for the entertainment, for the crowds, the music," Djokovic added. “I get it. But if someone does it over and over again, particularly when you are at his side, he knows why he’s doing it.

“The guy that I pointed out, he knew exactly what he was doing, and that’s all”. However, it didn't affect the outcome of the match as Djokovic still claimed a straight-set win over Tallon Griekspoor to set up a third round clash against Kei Nishikori.

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