It wasn't an easy night for Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. The Serbian champion defeated the qualifier Enzo Couacaud with the score of 6-1, (5) 6-7, 6-2, 6-0, but had to deal with the problem in his left leg, the reaction of his opponent and a spectator as hostile as he is loud.
At the beginning of the third set, the Serbian champion tried to get the protagonist of the story away and had a small argument with the chair umpire. He told: “That boy is dead drunk, he's not here to watch tennis.
He's been teasing me from the first point, he's trying to get inside my head. You have to do something, you have to kick him out!" A steward took his place in the stands of the Rod Laver Arena to make sure the situation didn't escalate.
Djokovic and the spectator: "Now they'll say I'm bad"
“The story involved a few individuals, so I don't want to generalize. Most people have been respectful, both now and in the past. They are big fans and buy tickets to see you play.
Some are rooting for you, some are not. I have no problems with this. The problem arises when someone crosses the line numerous times. From the first moment I heard some guys under the influence of alcohol, one in particular, screaming several times.
He insulted me, tried to provoke me and said things that weren't respectful at all. I tolerated it all for over an hour, almost two. I gave some signals to the chair umpire. I think they should have done more and anticipated my request so as not to make me come across as a bad boy.
Because that's how the media will describe me: the guy who got a bystander kicked out. It's not necessary, because we players can't always be put in a position to react after two hours. Not ten minutes had passed. I am sorry. That's why I intervened.
I had enough. I can tolerate a viewer saying something to me five or six times, but there's a limit. That limit was exceeded and I asked the chair umpire if he was going to do anything. He did and I thank him. You don't need to be put in this position."