Djokovic hits out at disrespectful officials

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Novak Djokovic has hit out at disrespectful tennis officials after the world number two felt the wrath of the umpire during his ATP World Tour Finals win over David Goffin.

Djokovic was issued with a time violation by umpire Fergus Murphy during the first set of his victory in London after delaying following a long rally.

In response, Djokovic entered into a long argument with the official and appeared to say that he “had no clue about the game”.

Djokoic also exchanged words with tournament supervisor Tom Barnes, and clearly remained irritated by the incidents after the match.

"First of all, I accept and I know that I'm one of the players that takes the most time. There is no doubt. I'm not running away from that," Djokovic said.

"Every time that I'm late, if I get a so-called soft warning or pre-warning, I'll accept it and I won't say a word.

"But I think it's fair, correct and respectful towards the player and to the game if you go over the first time, let's say, over the limit, that you at least get a heads up.

"I didn't think that was supported by the right facts. That's why I wanted to have a conversation and understand why."

Djokovic has also been involved in a heated exchanged with a UK journalist during the tournament in London after slamming a ball into the crowd during his victory over Dominic Thiem.

He added: "Look, we are all humans. Every single day we face some certain kind of challenges, mental challenges, private, professional life, emotions, thoughts.

"Certainly there are stages of the year or of the day, moments when you feel worse, and you feel better.

"The important thing is to be conscious of it and just deal with it in a best possible way that works for you."

 

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