The number one topic in the tennis world since Sunday night has been the scandalous rejection of star player Novak Djokovic from the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, 33, had a grin on his face as he raced down the field, almost oblivious to the rain.
As a result, Djokovic, the world’s number one player and a big pre-tournament favorite, was expelled from the tournament.
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John McEnroe, who himself sniffed scandal carts during his tennis career, commented on the case to ESPN.
McEnroe, 61, who won seven singles Grand Slam titles in his career, believes the event will inevitably leave a stain on Djokovic’s reputation.
- I think the pressures took over from him.
Now, whether he likes it or not, he’s a bad boy all the way to the rest of his career.
It will be interesting to see how he handles this, McEnroe said.
- If he takes on that role, I think he can get over this.
He has several things on his side, but this is naturally a stain he can’t wipe off, McEnroe continued.
John McEnroe, a tennis commentator, interviewed Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January. Photo: Hannah Mckay / Reuters
During his career, McEnroe was known as a temperamental bad boy on tennis courts who tended to demonstrate on playgrounds.
For example, in 1990, he was shut down for Australian open rule violations, including swearing at a judge.
As the current “bad boy” on the tennis courts, he is accustomed to titling Australian Nick Kyrgio, who has traversed his career from one noise to another.
He has been accused of intentional loss of matches, repeated unsportsmanlike conduct and inappropriate comments.
Kyrgios, 25, commented on the Djokovic scandal on Twitter.
He added a vote to his Twitter account with the slogans “Let’s change me to Joker (a twist on Djokovic’s nickname Djoker).
If I accidentally hit a ball boy with a ball in my throat, for how many years would I be banned from competing? ”
The humorous voting options were 5, 10, and 20 years.
After more than 200,000 votes, the Twitter people believed more than 50 percent that Kyrgios would get a 20-year collar.
Nick Kyrgios is known as a temperamental player.Photo: Edgar Su / Reuters
In addition to disqualification, Djokovic was punished for losing the ranking points and prize money he collected from the tournament.
According to CNN, he had already raised $ 250,000 in prize money for reaching the fourth round, or about $ 212,000.
Djokovic has apologized for the incident.
- This incident makes me feel empty and sad.
Thank God the line judge is fine.
I'm really sorry that I caused him stress in this way.
It was complete damage and completely wrong, Djokovic wrote in his apology on social media.
- As for rejection, I have to go to myself and learn from this disappointment.
I apologize to the organizers of the US Open and everyone present for my conduct.
Thank you to everyone on my team and family for your support.
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