Vienna Open tournament director unimpressed with Novak Djokovic’s ‘unnecessary’ comments

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Novak Djokovic deep in thought

Novak Djokovic’s comments following his exit from the Vienna Open have left a bad taste in the mouths of organisers with the tournament director Herwig Straka describing them as “unnecessary”.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner was stunned by Lorenzo Sonego in the quarter-final of the ATP 500 tournament on Friday with the Italian lucky loser winning 6-2, 6-1.

Djokovic, though, was not too upset with the defeat as he declared after the match that he had achieved his main goal in Austria, which was to secure the year-end No 1 ranking.

“Yes, clinching the [year-end] number one had an effect on me today,” he said, adding: “I move on completely fine with today’s result and [I am] looking to the next chapter.”

Vienna Open boss Straka was not happy with the world No 1’s comments.

“There is no place for resentment. In principle, we also have a very good relationship, but how he played on Friday and his statement afterwards in the press conference was unnecessary,” he said.

He added: “Even if you would think so, you don’t say that in any press conference.”

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