Novak Djokovic 'slams' tennis fans in outburst after Wimbledon 2024 last 16 win

Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter finals of Wimbledon 2024.Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter finals of Wimbledon 2024.
Novak Djokovic is through to the quarter finals of Wimbledon 2024. | Getty Images
Novak Djokovic has had some harsh words for fans in attendance of Wimbledon 2024.

Novak Djokovic may be through to the quarter finals of Wimbledon 2024, after he defeated Holger Rune in three straight sets - but the Serbian was unhappy with the behaviour of the crowd during his victory.

Many fans of Rune were in attendance and were vociferous in their support of the Dane. So much so, Djokovic took exception to it - claiming that they were ‘disrespecting’ him.

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While fans were lending their support to Rune, they were also booing Djokovic. Shouting ‘Rune’ and booing produce two very similar sounds - the Serb implied that fans were using the chant as a disguise with which to boo him.

Speaking in an interview after the game, Djokovic said: “To all the fans that have respect and stayed tonight, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate it. To all those people that have chosen to disrespect play and one player, in this case me, have a GOOOD-night. A GOOOD-night. A very goodnight.

“They were disrespecting me. I don’t accept it, no, no, no. I know they were cheering for Rune but that is also an excuse to boo. Listen, I have been on the Tour for more than 20 years. So trust me, I know all the tricks, I know how it works.

“It’s fine, it’s fine, it’s OK. I focus on the respectful people, those who have respect, who have the tickets to come to watch me tonight. Who love tennis, who appreciate the players and the effort put in. I’ve played in much more hostile environments, trust me. You guys can’t touch me.

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“In the end, I did things in the right way in the important moments. I think I stayed solid. I am very glad to get through in three sets. I am feeling great on the court. Let’s take it day-by-day, there is always something to work on in the off-days. I will hit the practice court and get ready for the next one.”

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