Novak Djokovic sends Tsitsipas stern message after joking about behaviour with Kyrgios


Djokovic has spoken out on Tsitsipas’ antics in his match against Kyrgios after the fourth seed received a point penalty, with both men getting fined for their behaviour. The world No 40 had called for his opponent to be defaulted after the 23-year-old hit a ball into the stands in frustration but the act went down as one of his code violations as he didn’t hit a spectator. 

And the world No 3 has now claimed that Tsitsipas almost ended up in the same situation as he did at the 2020 US Open, after Djokovic was disqualified when he hit a ball in frustration after getting broken by Pablo Carreno Busta in the first set, which accidentally hit a lineswoman and saw him immediately kicked out of the tournament. “There are players whose attitude provokes you or irritate you. And there are opponents who don’t make you feel that way,” he told Tennis Majors.

“This is an individual sport, we are all different, and it is relative what is good and what is not, because there are different perspectives on everything that has happened in their match.” The 20-time Major champion thinks the world No 5 got “lucky” that he failed to directly hit a fan, despite the ball rebounding and clipping someone in the head.

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