‘Meet Me in the Toilets’ – Novak Djokovic Embroiled in Shady Australian Open Act As Tennis World Mocks the Serbian Legend

Published 01/23/2023, 1:20 AM EST

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There is a new controversy swirling around the 21-time Grand Slam champion. Novak Djokovic‘s alleged smuggled note from the stand is currently the talk of the town in the tennis world. If you are transferring a note to the 21-time Grand Slam champion under the eyes of 14000 people and the worldwide TV audience, you are bound to get busted.

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Tennis world questions Novak Djokovic’s smuggling act


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The note smuggling out caught the tennis world’s attention over social media when a TikTok camera caught the whole scene. A viral TikTok video shows that a member of Djokovic’s coaching team’s potential task when he passed a water bottle to the ATP supervisor, Gerry Armstrong during the Serbian tennis player’s second round at the Australian Open. 

The comment section over the TikTok video is filled with different types of questions regarding the note. A true fan stood by Djokovic and wrote, “there is always some conspiracy when it’s about Djokovic, he is the GOAT, LOVE IT OR NOT.” 


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While some made a clear assumption about what might be the letter about. A fan wrote, “It’s a fortune cookie.”

“Coaching notes perhaps.”

“Asking please may I go to the toilet.” 

“a label with nutritional information of the drink: calories, carbs, fat etc.” 

“directions to the toilet.” 

“confirmed. the note read “Hey Novak, meet me in the toilets.”

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And some mocked the smuggling act: “cheat codes to win the match R2, R2, L1, R2, LEFT, DOWN, RIGHT, UP, LEFT, DOWN, RIGHT, UP They’re looking very shifty.

“Coaching from the stands! Will watch one of his games!” 

This is not the first weird controversy happening in one of the 21-time Grand Slam Champions matches. Earlier this the Serbian tennis player to the toilet controversy to a whole different level.


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Djokovic’s toilet rushing incident

Additionally, a video of the former world number one is doing rounds on the internet where he rushed to the toilet during the match. However, after the first round, the media hyped up the confusion between the Serbian tennis player and the chair umpire.

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To that, the 21-time Grand Slam champion himself explained the scenario by replying over his Instagram that showed the same incident that took place between him and the chair umpire. In his explanation, he clearly mentioned that “I didn’t “defy” her or the rules.” And the first half of the conversation when she told the Serbian legend to hurry up and come back was not captured on the camera. 

What do you think regarding Djokovic’s note-smuggling act? Let us know in the comments below.



Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.
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