‘I’m a human being so I tend to lose my cool. At times I’m ashamed of it,’ admits Novak Djokovic
He accepts that he is a flawed human being and is not proud of some of his on-court tantrums, but Novak Djokovic insists it is important that you “accept your flaws”.
The world No 1 lost his cool during his rain-affected second-round match against Taylor Fritz at the Italian Open this week as he screamed at chair umpire Nacho Forcadell: “How much more you wanna play?”
Play was eventually suspended and after the match was completed Djokovic apologised to the official.
Asked by Prakash Amritraj during a Tennis Channel interview about losing his cool, the 18-time Grand Slam winner replied: “I can easily lose that class, you know, as you can see on the court, you know. I get frustrated. I don’t want to say I get frustrated easy, but you know I do have emotions like anybody else.
“I’m a human being so I tend to lose my cool. I’m not proud of that. At times of course I’m ashamed of it. And I don’t have any issue to say I’m sorry and apologise.
“It was not necessary and it was not nice of me to scream at the umpire the other day so I thought the least I could do is apologise and ask for forgiveness and that is what I have done.”
He joked: “I don’t know if he forgave me. He didn’t look so great when I told him that.
“You have to move on and at the end of the day, accept your flaws. I’m flawed as anybody else.
“As I said, I don’t want to intentionally do these things, but it is important that when you do this you forgive yourself first and then learn lessons.”
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