British Formula 1 legend Jackie Stewart thinks Novak Djokovic made "a mistake" in not apologizing for destroying his racket against the net post. In the Wimbledon final last Sunday, Djokovic absolutely destroyed his racket against the net post after falling down by a break in the fifth set to Carlos Alcaraz.
After the final, Djokovic was slapped with a $8,000 fine by Wimbledon for his action. Stewart, a former three-time F1 champion, says Djokovic should have used his on-court speech to apologize for crushing his racket. “That was a mistake.
He should have apologized for that in his speech," Stewart told The Telegraph.
F1 legend Stewart thinks Djokovic should have apologized
In the third game of the fifth set, Djokovic got broken by Alcaraz and he went on to destroy his racket moments later and get called for his second code violation of the match.
In the end, that break of serve turned out to be the key as Alcaraz went on to win 1-6 7-6 (6) 6-1 3-6 6-4. After the match, Djokovic was asked about his two code violations - one for failing to serve before the shot clock expired and the other for smashing his racket.
"There's no much to talk about that. Second one (his second code violation) was frustration. I had break points in the second game. Yeah, just tough, tough couple of points. He played amazing to break my serve, which was enough to win the fifth.
The first one was the time violation, so yeah. Not a great moment again, but you just kind of have to accept it," Djokovic said. Djokovic very directly admitted that he was in "a moment of frustration" when he decided to crush his racket.
"It was a frustration in the moment. I answered to your colleague two minutes ago about that. There's not much to say about that," Djokovic said.