Novak Djokovic apologises for ATP Cup outburst, claiming ‘it was the heat of the moment’
Novak Djokovic has apologised for his ATP Cup on-court outburst, insisting that it was all just a misunderstanding.
Djokovic was angered in the first set tiebreak of his match with Kevin Anderson when crowd noise distracted him mid-rally, allowing the South African to earn a mini-break.
His frustration was pushed further when the umpire refused him the opportunity to challenge the call.
However, Djokovic eventually won the match 7-6, 7-6, and was in a far more relaxed mood when he discussed the incident afterwards.
“It was the Serbian crowd that was a little bit too excited,” Djokovic explained to the press.
“It was in the heat of the moment and I’m sorry if I offended anyone.
“It happened a couple of points in a row, it was 3-2 in the tiebreak and I really didn’t need them to interfering in the point and that was it.
“But I am really thankful of their support. I thought the atmosphere was a Davis Cup-like atmosphere.
“I was really pleasantly surprised and I’m very grateful to all the fans coming out and being patient, staying all the way to the end match, especially the Serbian guys who showed great passion.”
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