What djokovic said to ump. Wow!

citybert

Hall of Fame
Leave it to the dailymail to get the scoop. If true this is an even worse look for him and whatever union or council he is trying to setup. Its all me me me me me

“She doesn’t have to go to the hospital for this,” he said as he stood at the net, a shocked look across his face. “You’re going to choose a default in this situation? My career, Grand Slam, centre stage?”

 
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Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Djokovic's arguments are actually on point. He's basically saying that he was reckless but ultimately no harm was done and, therefore, it was not an act worthy of disqualification.

I mean technically under the rules I don’t think there is anything incorrect about what he’s saying. Of course a player will argue for leniency.
But, ref made a reasonable call and it’s done.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
If his decision to start an Association cost him, then he should look at his options.

No it does not. Might he have got leniency if he hadn't already done so much sketchy stuff this year? Possibly. But this is the risk he took. All of his irresponsibility and selfishness didn't help him (and likely hurt him) when he needed a break. He has no one to blame but himself.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Leave it to the dailymail to get the scoop. If true this is an even worse look for him and whatever union or council he is trying to setup. Its all me me me me me

“She doesn’t have to go to the hospital for this,” he said as he stood at the net, a shocked look across his face. “You’re going to choose a default in this situation? My career, Grand Slam, centre stage?”

Hope to God he didn't say this. If true I feel like an idiot for defending him. But would not surprise me.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
How so?

it was within the rules and it’s what happened to Shapo and Naldabain in the similar circumstance.

it only makes it worse to cry foul for Novak.

That just smells like entitlement for the elite and special pleading.
The only argument I see - and note I don’t personally have any sympathy for Novak here, I’m just discussing - is that the Shapo hit was BAD. Really bad. And I like Shapo. But man did he F up bad there. He basically nukes that ball and the ump’s eye was injured
 

citybert

Hall of Fame
The only argument I see - I don’t personally have any sympathy for Novak here - is that the Shapo hit was BAD. Really bad. And I like Shapo. But man did he F up bad there. He basically nukes that ball and the ump’s eye was injured
Didnt he break his eye socket? He cranked that.
 

Kozzy

Semi-Pro
What he did was stupid. He was unlucky enough to have that stupid action result in a very bad looking hit to a person. Pretty sure anyone would get DQ'd for that, and they'd deserve it. Easy solution - don't hit balls toward people (note, he cranked a ball in anger the game before and was pretty lucky not to hit someone). The idea that this has something to do with the PTPA seems laughable to me.
 

ADuck

Hall of Fame
There is no doubt that this disqualification gives off a dead fish smell.
Djokovic's arguments are actually on point. He's basically saying that he was reckless but ultimately no harm was done and, therefore, it was not an act worthy of disqualification.
According to the rules, it was either a game penalty or DQ. Would only a game penalty have been reasonable? That would not do much to discourage something like this from happening in the future.
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
What he did was stupid. He was unlucky enough to have that stupid action result in a very bad looking hit to a person. Pretty sure anyone would get DQ'd for that, and they'd deserve it. Easy solution - don't hit balls toward people (note, he cranked a ball in anger the game before and was pretty lucky not to hit someone). The idea that this has something to do with the PTPA seems laughable to me.
Absolutely agree 100%.

That’s Kool-aid level conspiracy thinking.
 

_GOATbis

Semi-Pro
According to the rules, it was either a game penalty or DQ. Would only a game penalty have been reasonable? That would not do much to discourage something like this from happening in the future.
Something like passing the ball after a service game finished?
 
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FRV3

Guest
Hope to God he didn't say this. If true I feel like an idiot for defending him. But would not surprise me.
I wouldn't be happy if he did say this, but think about the tennis story. Novak is like the best character in the book, the misunderstood genius with a biggish ego, but an ego that is more normal than people care to admit. I will say I have the same ego as Djokovic.
 

Dolgopolov85

G.O.A.T.
If true, that's pretty disgusting.

Perhaps his team stopped him from doing the presser to prevent him doing more damage?
Well, people can be disgusting when they're terribly disappointed. This is where SM makes life even more difficult than it has to be, all these things leak out in real time. I am not for a minute justifying what he did but I am just saying our getting to know what he told her makes him look more of a demon than he might be.

But going forward, maybe he can learn the lesson that he should be careful proactively and not reactively (after a catastrophic event). This is way more random of an event but still of a piece with his covid exhibition mess. There's nothing masculine or macho about recklessness and I think Djokovic doesn't understand that.
 

tsurismo5

Semi-Pro
It’s pretty risky to just hit a ball behind you when there’s a multitude of officials standing there. I’ve mainly seen players hitting the ball up in frustration or at the net. Shapovalov still the goat at hitting officials though
 

Rosstour

Legend
If his decision to start an Association cost him, then he should look at his options.
He's already done that. He did that before this incident even happened.

If he wants to destroy the ATP then he can't then expect mercy from them in a crucial moment like this. Call it common sense, call it unwritten rules, or I'm sure you'll call it corruption.
 

tudwell

Legend
Djokovic's arguments are actually on point. He's basically saying that he was reckless but ultimately no harm was done and, therefore, it was not an act worthy of disqualification.
The woman looked like she was struggling to catch a breath for quite a while after the ball hit her. That’s not “no harm”. No lasting harm, maybe, but you could also say Nalbandian caused no lasting harm when he kicked that line judge in the shin. Hitting your shin hurts like a ***** for a few minutes, but then it’s basically fine. Throw a bandaid on that guy’s extremely minor cut and I’m sure he could have finished out the match no problem. Was the default excessive in his case?
 
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