Novak Djokovic Continues to Silence Rowdy Australian Open Crowd With Sarcastic Gesture

Published 01/20/2024, 11:43 PM EST

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Novak Djokovic, the maestro of silence on the court, knows how to transform roaring crowds into hushed spectators. Now that he is currently playing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, he has displayed how he has his way of silencing the rowdy Australian crowd. Without a single word and a single aggressive expression, the world’s number-one-ranked tennis player stood tall against the rowdy crowd.

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The relationship between the 24-time Grand Slam champion and the Australian Open crowd is filled with ups and downs. Now that Djokovic is unstoppable, the crowd is behind him with their continuous rants, but Novak knows how to handle the crowd with a sarcastic gesture.

Novak Djokovic silences the Australian Open crowd 

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In the fourth round of the tournament, when the Serbian tennis player was playing against Adrian Mannarino, there was a moment when he got a time violation warning. As soon as the 36-year-old tennis star got a warning from the umpire, the Australian Open crowd went crazy behind him.

The crowd started clapping and applauding him for his actions, but Novak, being Novak, motivated the crowd to applaud more and keep going. He made a gesture with a tennis racket and ball to keep going, with a neutral face and no hard expressions on his face.

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Rather than shouting at the crowd or saying something about going against them, the Serbian tennis player made a gesture and gave a witty answer to the whole crowd for the way they went against him. It won’t be wrong to say that he has more fuel for his fire now, as he is unstoppable on the court.

This is not the first time that he has faced her hostile crowd; every now and then, whether it is any Grand Slam tournament or any other ATP tournament, he has faced a class with the crowd one way or another. Just a few days ago, Serena Williams’ ex-coach made a direct revelation on how the 24-time Grand Slam champion smartly handles the hostile crowd.

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Serena Williams, ex-coach, on how Novak Djokovic deals with crowds

Last year, the Paris Masters witnessed a different side of Djokovic rather than retaliating against the crowds’ reaction and his strategy or taking the other way around, and saw a remarkable shift in momentum. This also grabbed Rennae Stubbs’ attention, and in a podcast interview after the match, she detailed how he turns the crowd’s anger into fuel to do better on the court.

Stubbs said, “Novak’s not flipping the crowd off. But he’s doing the opposite. He’s egging them on. Like he’s like, “bring it, bring it” and that match in particular in Paris, when he started egging the crowd on when he lost his serve. He didn’t lose a point after he did that.” 

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In the same way, during the Australian Open incident, rather than saying anything to the crowd, he appreciated them and went ahead with the match. Nevertheless, what are your thoughts on the way Djokovic handles the crowd? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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