Nik Kirjos and Novak Đoković discuss fan experience at the Australian Open


In this situation, Novak called the spectator to come down on the court to “explain” themselves, and this was later commented on by Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, now a commentator for “Eurosport”. “Novak, it’s incredible, he tried to provoke you, I commented on that in my commentator position. I would have jumped up into the stands and brought him down to the court,” Kyrgios said from the studio, while Djokovic listened in the mixed zone near the court. In a conversation with host Barbara Set, Djokovic revealed what happened in that moment. “There was a lot of frustration, many were heckling from the stands. I invited one of them to confront me ‘one-on-one’, but he apologized from a distance. It happens,” Djokovic said. Unfortunately for the haters in the stands, Djokovic secured a place in the third round of the Australian Open, where he will play against Argentine Thomas Maria Echeverria. “I’m okay with mixed emotions on the court. There was a phenomenal atmosphere for the game, great for me considering the circumstances and the conditions we played in. There were a lot of issues, it wasn’t easy, I was struggling with myself… I have to accept some things that happen,” Djokovic admitted, and it was clear to everyone what he was referring to. However, not everyone in the stands of Rod Laver Arena, the tournament’s central court, has respect for what Novak did, nor for the fact that he is the greatest tennis player of all time. (MONDO – M.Š)


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