John McEnroe Backs Novak Djokovic Amidst Crowd Controversy


July 10, 2024 · 1 min read

John McEnroe Backs Novak Djokovic Amidst Crowd Controversy
Other Sports | July 10, 2024
John McEnroe an American retired professional tennis player gained fame for his exceptional shot-making abilities and prowess at the net. (Image: New York Post)

John McEnroe praised Novak Djokovic for openly criticizing the Wimbledon crowd, asserting that Djokovic has encountered disrespect numerous times throughout his career. McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, applauded Djokovic’s resilience under pressure, attributing it to his ability to handle adversity which McEnroe believes makes Djokovic the greatest player of all time.

After his fourth-round win at Wimbledon, Djokovic spoke out, expressing frustration over what he perceived as disrespectful behavior from fans towards his opponent, Holger Rune. The 24-time Grand Slam winner accused the crowd of intentionally elongating Rune’s surname to unsettle him during the match. Djokovic felt this behavior was aimed at provoking a reaction from him.

John McEnroe agreed with Djokovic’s stance, acknowledging that Djokovic has often faced unfair treatment due to his exceptional abilities and competitive spirit. He defended Djokovic against criticisms, questioning what Djokovic has done wrong to merit such treatment, and comparing him to tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, whom McEnroe considers paragons of sportsmanship.

Former players and analysts highlighted Djokovic’s ability to thrive amidst controversy and negative energy. Tim Henman and Mark Philippoussis noted that Djokovic often uses crowd reactions to fuel his performance, showcasing his determination to succeed regardless of external factors. Despite occasional friction with fans, Djokovic’s competitive drive and quest for respect continue to shape his journey in tennis.