Novak Djokovic Officially A Dickhead: Makes Ball Girl Cry
Rick Chandler 06:12 pm, July 07th, 2015
If at least one Wimbledon fan doesn't show up with a sign at Novak Djokovic's next match that reads "Towel! TOWEL!", then I have lost all faith in mankind.
In a Wimbledon match held over from Monday, Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-7 (6-8), 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, and verbally lambasted a young ball girl along the way. Djokovic was in the sixth game of the final set when he screamed at the nearby ball girl for a towel. London Daily Mail:
The Serb seemed to have lost his cool momentarily, shouting and gesticulating towards a baby-faced ball girl. Apparently requesting his towel amid the afternoon mugginess, the 28-year-old screamed in her direction and held his hands out in anger.
After wiping his face he discarded it back in the youngster's direction before resuming play. The girl was left visibly shaken and stifling tears, according to sources on the court.
She was seen nervously drinking from a water bottle moments after the eruption, her cheeks redder than before. After beating his South African opponent, Djokovic allegedly walked off Court No. 1 without glancing in her direction.
This is not Djokovic's first unhinged encounter with tournament youth. He screamed in a ball boy's face earlier this year at the Miami Open, drawing a warning. And in August 2011, he did this:
Djokovic of course was apologetic following today's match. Daily Mail:
Djokovic said: "I'm sorry. There was nothing towards her. Maybe she was just afraid of my screaming there. I was pretty close to her. I'm definitely going to try to apologise to her if I did something wrong."
Just like a serial abuser: Lose your temper, apologize afterward and promise it will never happen again. I'm only half kidding about that. Tennis players can be amazing temperamental shitheels, no matter the level of competition.
wtf @ novak shouting at a ball girl i'm so disappointed :^((((((((