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‘Just the worst’: Novak Djokovic roasted over US Open celebration – Yahoo Sport Australia

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Novak Djokovic said he’d stick with his post-match celebrations even in front of an empty crowd, but some fans weren’t on board with the controversial star’s theatrics. Pictures: US Open/ESPN

Novak Djokovic cruised through his first round US Open match against Damir Dzumhur, but copped plenty of stick from fans on social media after celebrating in the empty stadium.” data-reactid=”32″ type=”text”>World No.1 Novak Djokovic cruised through his first round US Open match against Damir Dzumhur, but copped plenty of stick from fans on social media after celebrating in the empty stadium.

Djokovic was rarely troubled in his 6-1 6-4 6-1 over the Bosnian world no.109, with the latest victory extending his unbeaten run in 2020 to 24 matches.

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The Serbian superstar then proceeded to perform his usual post-match celebration of pushing both arms from his chest into each side of the stadium – although some felt it fell flat without anyone in the stands.

The controversial star said before the tournament that he would continue the celebration even in the absence of the crowd.

“Look, I’m going to keep on doing it because I just – I don’t know. I think it’s part of the routine,” Djokovic said.

“It’s part of also me paying a tribute and a thanks to the match and to the court and to the occasion.”

Many fans weren’t on board with his explanation though, taking to social media to suggest the 33-year-old was ‘just the worst’ and that he was celebrating for an ‘imaginary crowd’.

They should let him have this prerecorded applause even after the pandemic

— Erik Hane (@erikhane) August 31, 2020

That Djokovic celebration is just the worst.

— Tucker Blankinship (@TuckerBlanc) September 1, 2020

Djokovic begging for love from the seats or something.

— DMA (@TennisMajesty) September 1, 2020

The world No.1, who won his fourth title of the year at the Western & Southern Open on Saturday, improved to 24-0 this season with the win.

Afterwards Djokovic insisted: “Do I want to keep the streak going? Of course I do. But am I thinking about it as a priority every single day? No.

“But it’s there, it’s an additional motivation for me and it fuels me to play even stronger and even better and play to the right intensity in every match.”

Next up for Djokovic is Briton Kyle Edmund, who defeated Alexander Bublik in four sets earlier in the day.

Djokovic win follows breakaway controversy

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In a stunning move after the Southern & Western Open the players confirmed the emergence of the PTPA with a photo standing together.

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Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Tests Positive For Coronavirus – NPR

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, 33, says he’s not currently showing any symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, 33, says he’s not currently showing any symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus.

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Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Serbian tennis star released a statement on his diagnosis, saying that he and his wife have both contracted the virus after he organized a series of exhibition matches in southeastern Europe.

The events, called the Adria Tour, have been widely criticized for not maintaining significant social distancing protocols.

The stands were packed with fans, as The Associated Press noted. Tennis.com reported that players were seen mingling without proper social distancing, playing in basketball and soccer games, and visiting a nightclub.

Djokovic was photographed in close contact with tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, who has also tested positive for the virus.

“We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met,” Djokovic said in his statement. “Unfortunately, the virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with.”

Djokovic, 33, who has won the third-most Grand Slam titles of any male tennis player, has previously voiced concerns about the possibility of restrictions at future tennis events due to the coronavirus.

Earlier this month, he said that some players were “quite negative” about the U.S. Open being held on its originally planned date without fans, as the AP reported.

He also said in April that another roadblock to him participating in future events could be that he is personally “opposed to vaccination,” as Sky News reported at the time.

Djokovic recently held events in Serbia and Croatia. Serbia has seen more than 13,000 confirmed cases and more than 260 deaths due to the coronavirus, while Croatia has seen more than 2,000 confirmed cases and just over 100 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection,” Djokovic said. “I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s heath situation and that everyone will be fine.”

He added that he is not currently showing any symptoms.

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