“Not Acceptable”: Felix Auger-Aliassime’s Coach Calls Out Novak Djokovic For His On-Court Behaviour

Published 10/03/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia reacts at match point to be defeated by Pablo Carreno Busta of Team Spain during the Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic has proven himself to be one of the strongest players on the ATP tour. His immense achievements in his prolonged career define the greatness of the Serb. Over his professional career, the World No. 1 has struggled through injuries but has always come back stronger.

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However, playing at such high standards requires utmost determination and focus. While dealing with the high pressure, Djokovic has sometimes lost his cool. He has slammed racquets because of his frustration on several occasions. Many analysts have criticized Djokovic for such kind of behavior. Former French player, Frederic Fontang also has his take on Djokovic’s sudden on-court outbursts.

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Former French player’s opinion on Djokovic’s behavior

Frederic Fontang, former French player and current coach of Felix Auger Aliassime,  gave his perspectives on Novak Djokovic smashing racquets in frustration. He stated,” My first memory about Djokovic goes back a long way: he was a cadet and I was taking care of Jeremy Chardy.”

“He was already very expressive on the court and very professional off the court. His backhand was also well installed. You could not predict such a career, but it was clear he was ambitious. To answer the question, I would say that his record is unassailable. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia smashes his racket after losing a point to Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the second set of the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, he added, “However, I can understand that some of his reactions are not appreciated. Novak is the World No. 1 in a planetary sport; To see him throw his racket at the Olympics is not acceptable, no matter how disappointed he is. He is a star who is watched by the whole world, he must set an example.”

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Frederic understands the immense pressure Djokovic must be under, but he can’t smash racquets out of frustration. The Serb faced the consequences at the US Open 2020 when he was disqualified for hitting the ball to a line judge unintentionally. People admire the Serb and he should surely set an example.

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Novak Djokovic to miss BNP Paribas Open

The 20-time Grand Slam confirmed that he’ll miss the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Well. He tweeted, “I am sorry I won’t get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to go. I hope to see you next year!” 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 24: Novak Djokovic of Serbia practices with Casper Rudd of Norway before the start of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

After a shocking defeat at US Open 2021 finals, Djokovic is still tied at 20 Grand Slam with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic bagged three Grand Slam titles, except the US Open in 2021. The Serb also couldn’t achieve his dream of completing the Calendar Grand Slam in 2021.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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