Novak Djokovic makes ANGRY gesture at Wimbledon fans after being booed on Centre Court
NOVAK DJOKOVIC gave the Wimbledon crowd a “come on” gesture and cupped his hand to his ear after an altercation over slow play against Kyle Edmund.
The Serb had already been jeered by the crowd after showing his frustration during the first set and spent much of the match shouting at his coach and casting his eyes skyward in frustration.
But Djokovic was handed a time violation warning while serving at 3-2 up in the third set, having leveled the match from a set down.
The crowd, apparently frustrated at Djokovic’s extended pre-serve routine which includes bouncing the ball anywhere between 15 and 20 times, cheered the umpires announcement and then reacted to the player’s own frustrations.
He pulled out of his serving action and stared closed-mouthed at the crowd, encouraging more pantomime jeers and boos, before the umpire asked for quiet.
Novak Djokovic cut an angry and frustrated figure throughout the first half of the match
Djokovic went on to win the game and when he then broke Edmund for a second time to take control of the match, he put his hand to his ear and then gave the “come on” gesture while he walked to his chair.
At one point Djokovic even blew sarcastic kisses to the partisan crowd.
But despite the feisty atmosphere inside Centre Court, perhaps buoyed by news of England’s World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden, Edmund could not dig deep enough to pull himself back into the second set and served first in the fourth knowing he would have to go the distance to knock out the No 12 seed.
But regardless of the result, the crowd remained on Edmund’s side throughout.
However, the Serbian has previously commented, when playing eight-time champion Roger Federer at SW19, that he is able to block out the support for his opponent.
“More or less anywhere I play against Roger, it’s the same,” Djokovic said.
“So it’s just like that. I have to accept it. I have to work and earn a majority of the support maybe one day.”