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At Australian Open, Djokovic calls out 'completely drunk' spectator

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Furious, the Serb, who also suffered from intense thigh pain, still qualified for the rest of the competition.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates a point against France's Enzo Couacaud during their men's singles match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 19, 2023. (Photo by Martin KEEP / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --
MARTIN KEEP / AFP Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates a point against France’s Enzo Couacaud during their men’s singles match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 19, 2023. (Photo by Martin KEEP / AFP) / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —

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Novak Djokovic, here in January 2023, in Melbourne.

CONTROVERSY – This Thursday, January 19, Novak Djokovic qualified for the third round of the Australian Open by beating Frenchman Enzo Couacaud, but it was not easy. In addition to intense pain in the thigh, the sportsman had to face a problem in the stands: a spectator who was too noisy for his taste.

The latter was, according to the Serb “completely drunk“. His ability to resist having been pushed to the limit, he suddenly asked the referee for the expulsion of the spectator.

“There is a guy, drunk as a pig, who provokes me from the first point. This guy is not here to watch tennis. What are you going to do ? Why don’t you ask security to let him out? » the player asked the referee at 2-0 in the fourth set.

“The guy’s 𝐝𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐤 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝… he’s not here to watch tennis!” A furious Novak Djokovic pleads with the umpi… https://t.co/ezIj2r1EbD

— Eurosport (@eurosport)

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His anger eventually paid off. The four troublemakers were effectively sent off during the next change of sides, thus allowing Djoko to complete the match. It remains to be seen, now, if the state of his left thigh will allow him to continue the competition as he sees fit. This Friday, January 20, Novak Djokovic must face Grigor Dimitrov on the Rod Laver at the start of the night session.

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