US Open: New York crowd slammed after boos for injured Novak Djokovic

first_imgWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic struggled with his shoulder injury during a one-sided US Open fourth round match against Stanislas Wawrinka before deciding to retire on Sunday.Novak Djokovic’s title defence came to an abrupt end when he was down 2 sets and 1-2 against former champion Wawrinka. At his best, Djokovic refuses to go away. In fact, his record after being 2 sets down is staggering — the Serb has won 4 out of 5 matches in which he was trailing 2-0. However, on Sunday, Djokovic struggled to continue.Right after Stan Wawrinka broke his serve in the 3rd set, Djokovic walked across the nets and embraced Stan Wawrinka before heading to the chair umpire to make his decision official.Novak Djokovic was struggling with his serves against Stan Wawrinka, who was arguably playing his best tennis since return from the knee surgery. Wawrinka was hitting those one-handed backhand winners at will even as Djokovic was struggling to control the rallies throughout the match.Notably, the 16-time Grand Slam champion had received some attention to his troublesome left shoulder during the break between sets.Surprisingly, Novak Djokovic was booed after he decided to retire from the Round of 16 match. A section of the Arthur Ashe Stadium came out with the boos even as Djokovic was making his way out of the iconic venue. The disappointment of having an abrupt end to what was turning into a classic was evident with the fans’ reaction on Sunday.The tennis fraternity was certainly not impressed with the way the New York crowd reacted to Novak Djokovic’s retirement from his Round of 16 match.advertisementNovak Djokovic has retired. Crowd boos. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/gaULqDl6CVOmar Moore (@thepopcornreel) September 2, 2019Rude of the fans to boo Novak Djokovic for retiring from his match against Stan Wawrinka with a shoulder injury. He was very classy afterward, saying he didn’t feel mistreated and that the fans may not have known what was happening. But still rude.David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) September 2, 2019Djokovic retires.This crowd is an ABSOLUTE disgrace of the highest order.To boo the defending champion for withdrawing because of an injury he’s been suffering with for a while is pathetic even by their extremely low standards.#USOpenEshaan Koshal (@eshaan_koshal) September 2, 2019A challenge for the vile individuals who booed Novak Djokovic for retiring with injury tonight:Try to carry out your sedentary day jobs with the injury he has.Bet 90% would fail.Yet Novak had to be ACTIVE with an injury.And you boo him.No words. #USOpenJUSTIN FREDERIC (@justinfrederic) September 2, 2019Djokovic was clearly not right. Please don’t boo him for retiring from the match.Ryan Phillips (@RumorsandRants) September 2, 2019Full credit to #Wawrinka for a big win, especially after fighting injury these last years. But I’m incredibly disappointed that NY tennis fans would boo #Djokovic for retiring. Reminiscent of Australian Open fans booing Rafa in 2014 final. Ironically both matches against StanAndrew Prochnow (@AndrewProchnow) September 2, 2019Medvedev is jealous at those boo’s Djokovic just got #USOpenBrett (@gators72) September 2, 2019#Djokovic getting booed is so sad. 16 time champ. One of the best of all time. With an existing shoulder injury. Could he of gone 4 more games? Maybe. Should he? 4 games is a lot of pain. Regardless, I dont think that garners boos. It’s supposed to be a gentleman’s game.Becksbeard (@Becks_Beard) September 2, 2019Novak Djokovic did not react to the boos as he made his way out of the Arthur Ashe Stadium.”It’s never the way you want to finish the match. I feel sorry for Novak,” said Stan Wawrinka who will face World No.5 Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-final.On the other hand, Daniil Medvedev has been at the receiving end of boos from the New York crowd at US Open. Medvedev, who reached the quarter-finals after win over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer, stood with his arms stretched at the Louis Amstrong Stadium and took in the boos.IT all started when Medvedev when he angrily snatched a towel from a ballperson and flashed his middle finger by the side of his face during his 3rd-round match.”You give me so much energy to win – thank you! You are the best!” Medvedev said after his Round of 16 win on Sunday, urging the New York fans to continue booing him in the upcoming matches.Also Read | US Open: Daniil Medvedev urges fans to keep on booing after reaching quarter-finalsAlso Read | Serena Williams reaches US Open quarter-finals despite medical timeoutAlso See:last_img

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