Novak Djokovic was booed by fans at the US Open (Image: GETTY)An incident 11 years ago with US Open fans may have been behind the booing Novak Djokovic received when he retired for the tournament this year.That is the view of former world No 4 and one-time US Open finalist Todd Martin.Djokovic was dealing with a shoulder injury through the tournament and had spoken of the being in ‘unbearable’ pain.
Then in the fourth round against Stan Wawrinka, after dropping the first two sets and falling a break down in the third, Djokovic, to the shock of the entire crowd, retired from the match. Related articles
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As the Serbian walked off the court, the boos continued and he raised a thumbs up to the spectators.After the match, Djokovic chose not to hit back at the fans, insisting he could understand their reaction.But Martin, who coached Djokovic between 2009 and 2010, told Express Sport that the need to be entertained was the among reasons for the fan backlash.
Novak Djokovic was forced to retire from his match against Stan Wawrinka (Image: GETTY)“You have to understand the New York fan is different,” he said.“The New York sports fan is unfiltered and I’ll say not in a mean way, entitled. New York sports fans come with very high expectations for entertainment.
“When you consider all the entertainment opportunities they have, and if they fork around $200 to come here, they want to be entertained.“I don’t think it represents well when they boo somebody who has given them as much as their heart and soul as Novak has over the years. But it also doesn’t surprise me.
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When asked if Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal would have received a similar response from fans, Martin reckoned the incident with Roddick could have played a role in Djokovic being booed.He said: “I think Roger and Rafa have a different public perception than any two tennis athletes ever have.“So as revered as Serena is, it is not the same no matter where.
Roger and Rafa are above the rest. And a lot of that is because of the way they go about their business, every day, every year, on court, off-court.“I used to coach Novak, it has not always been that way. So the fact he had a confrontational relationship with this crowd ten years ago, they probably remember it.
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