Why did Novak Djokovic not acknowledge the crowd at US Open?

Novak Djokovic, the world No.1 from Serbia, for the first time in a while, did not address the crowd after he won the opening round match.

At the US open 2021, where the crowd capacity who came to see him play was 100%, he also skipped the fans’ celebrations. In consequence, his Calendar Slam campaign received mixed reactions.

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Novak Djokovic did not address the crowd. source: usopen.org

It was mostly the taunts directed at him, rather than the crowds cheering for his opponent, that caused him to leave out the monumental pose in New York. However, after the match, Djokovic said, “It is not an ideal atmosphere for me, but I’ve learned how to handle it.”

He also expressed how the crowd booed him while many people believe that they were cheering for his opponent, the 18-year-old qualifier Holger Rune, who deserved the praise too.

Here on, Djokovic would possibly go on a singular path to accomplish the over 50-year-old unbroken record of a Calendar Slam. However, in the coming days, we may be able to see the Serbian player patch up with the crowd of New York.  

Match between Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune

In this year’s US Open playing with Novak Djokovic was a dream come true for the teenage player, Holger Rune from Denmark. Inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, he faced his idol, Novak Djokovic. Many did not expect the match to be exciting, but Rune proved them wrong as he stole a set from one of the best players in the world.

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Novak Djokovic beats Holger Rune, source: sportsbuzz.site

For the first time in his professional career, Djokovic will face Tallon Griekspoor in the second round. Djokovic will need to be at his best for the Calendar Slam Campaign. Fans look forward to what he has in store for the next game.

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