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Novak Djokovic ERUPTS at umpire after punter’s deportation taunt on the Australian Open


Novak Djokovic has as soon as once more complained of fan behaviour on the Australian Open after his opponent was urged to ‘ship him house’, 12 months on from his deportation saga.

The 35-year-old returned to Melbourne Park for this yr’s match, having missed the 2022 occasion after the Australian authorities deported him attributable to his vaccination standing.

Aiming to win his tenth slam Down Beneath, Djokovic made gentle work of Russian opponent Andrey Rublev within the first set of their quarter last on Wednesday evening, taking it 6-1.

Novak Djokovic has blown up once more at a heckler throughout his Australian Open match

The 35-year-old pointed out a fan in the crowd who shouted 'send him home' on Wednesday

The 35-year-old identified a fan within the crowd who shouted ‘ship him house’ on Wednesday

The Serbian demanded that the umpire make the heckler 'shut up' during his match

The Serbian demanded that the umpire make the heckler ‘shut up’ throughout his match

However Djokovic was clearly upset by heckling from the Rod Laver Area crowd and was heard urging umpire James Keothavong to take motion after a fan was reportedly heard yelling: ‘Ship him house Rublev, ship him house’.

When Rublev was serving at 4-1 down, Djokovic stated to the umpire: ‘Are you able to inform the entrance man to close up or not? Each level, each single level you are not reacting’.

Then, after profitable the primary set, Djokovic continued: ‘I do not thoughts if he’s supporting him [Rublev]. However for 3 or 4 instances in a row, he has stated issues about me.’ 

Djokovic was deported from Australia last year after a row over his vaccination status

Djokovic was deported from Australia final yr after a row over his vaccination standing

Djokovic has had his fair proportion of run-ins with followers throughout this yr’s match, having complained of a fan who was ‘drunk out of his mind’ earlier on within the competitors. 

He took issues into his personal arms throughout his second spherical sport and informed the umpire that the spectator was attempting to ‘get inside my head’ all through a tie-break in opposition to Enzo Couacaud.

‘The man’s drunk out of his thoughts, from the primary level he is been upsetting me,’ he stated. ‘He isn’t right here to look at tennis. He simply desires to get in my head.

Djokovic additionally requested the umpire: ‘What are you going to do about it? Why do not you get safety to get him out of the stadium?’

He returned to Melbourne Park this year aiming to win his 10th Australian Open title

 He returned to Melbourne Park this yr aiming to win his tenth Australian Open title

Djokovic stormed to a two-set lead during his match against No 5 seed Andrey Rublev

Djokovic stormed to a two-set lead throughout his match in opposition to No 5 seed Andrey Rublev

A safety official was then seen chatting with a bunch of followers dressed as The place’s Wally to attempt to calm issues down.

However the hecklers did not cease Djokovic from advancing to the third spherical, with the Serb defeating Frenchman Couacaud 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0. 

Talking in regards to the rowdy crowd, Djokovic stated after the match: ‘What I’ve an issue with is when anyone’s crossing the road, quite a few instances … and saying issues that weren’t respectful in any respect.’

Djokovic, who stated the heckling had been occurring for greater than an hour and a half, added: ‘I had sufficient, you realize?’

In the meantime, Andy Murray confronted a torrent of abuse from Australian followers throughout his match in opposition to Thanasi Kokkinakis. 

It's not the first time Djokovic has blown up about fans, having complained in the 2nd round

It is not the primary time Djokovic has blown up about followers, having complained within the 2nd spherical 

Security official talks to four fans wearing Where's Wally costumes at the Rod Laver Arena who are believed to have attempted to unsettle the Serbian superstar

Safety official talks to 4 followers carrying The place’s Wally costumes on the Rod Laver Area who’re believed to have tried to unsettle the Serbian celebrity

Murray was livid that the match – the longest the Briton has ever performed in his profession at 5 hours and 45 minutes – entered the early hours of the morning in Melbourne, with the star lastly beating Kokkinakis at 4.08 am native time.

As he sat down after profitable the fourth set, Murray informed the umpire it was ‘so disrespectful’ that the gamers aren’t allowed to take a break to go to the bathroom when it is 4am within the morning – and after they have been taking part in for over 5 hours.

‘I imply, have you learnt one thing,’ Murray informed the umpire, as he raised his finger. ‘I respect the foundations. It is so disrespectful that the match has us out right here till 3, f***ing 4 o’clock within the morning and we’re not allowed to take a piss.’

‘It is a joke,’ Murray added, because the umpire nodded. ‘It’s a joke and you realize it as effectively. It is disrespectful. It is disrespectful to you, it is disrespectful to the ball kids, it is disrespectful to the gamers. And we’re not allowed to go to the bathroom. Ridiculous.’ 

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