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Novak Djokovic booed off court after retiring due to shoulder injury

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was booed off Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open in Flushing, New York on Sunday night for retiring from his match due to injury.

Djokovic has been battling a shoulder injury for the past month or so and has been receiving treatment for it. He even said after his second round match that the shoulder had been affecting him.

The world No. 1 player dropped the first set of his fourth round match with Stan Wawrinka 4-6 and blew a 4-1 lead in the second set to lose 7-5. Down two sets to none in the best-of-five match, Djokovic decided he could no longer continue after falling behind 2-1 in the third. During the side change, Djokovic said he was done and congratulated Wawrinka on the win.

Perhaps upset with Djokovic for quitting early rather than playing out the set, fans booed the Serbian star.

The 16-time major winner was looking to repeat at the US Open this year, but it wasn’t to be. He still was able to win his seventh Australian Open and fifth Wimbledon, so 2019 was positive for Djokovic in terms of majors.

This is the second time recently we’ve seen a star athlete get booed. Do you think he deserved it?

Novak Djokovic acknowledges shoulder injury is affecting him

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic made it through to the third round of the US Open with a straight set 6-4, 7-6, 6-1 victory over Juan Ignacio Londero on Wednesday night in New York, but the win did not come easily.

Djokovic was seen grabbing at his left shoulder multiple times throughout the match and received treatment on it at various points.

He was asked about his shoulder injury during an on-court interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi after the match.

“It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic acknowledged. “I don’t want to talk about it too much. … This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now. It wasn’t easy playing with the pain, but you have to find a way to fight and hope you get some lucky shots, you get some opportunities when they’re presented and take them.”

Djokovic acknowledged the match was difficult but did not want to dwell on his shoulder injury.

“It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court,” he said.

Nole joked that he probably would freeze his arm for the next 48 hours so he could recover for his third-round opponent.

The 32-year-old, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, is looking to win the US Open for the second straight year and fourth time overall.

Watch: Novak Djokovic eats grass after winning Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic grass
Novak Djokovic sampled some of the grass on the court at Wimbledon Sunday where he did some of his finest work ever.

Djokovic prevailed against Roger Federer in the finals of the grand slam with a five-set win, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6 and 13-12. He won each of his three sets in tiebreakers — the fifth stopping at 12-12 for the first time ever due to a rule change.

After he won the marathon match, he decided to eat some of the grass on Centre Court at the All England Club.

That keeps up a tradition that Dokovic had done when he won in 2015 and 2018 as well.

“If not the thrilling and most exciting finals I ever was part of, it’s top two or three,” Djokovic said after the match.

“It was a great match. It was long. It had everything. I had my chances, so did he,” Federer said.

This is Dokovic’s fifth Wimbledon win. He now has 16 career majors, four short of Federer’s 20 and two short of Rafael Nadal’s 18.

Andy Roddick had funny reaction to Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic marathon match

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic treated fans to arguably the greatest final match in Wimbledon history on Sunday, and it sounds like Andy Roddick was exhausted just watching it.

At some point in the middle of a lengthy fifth set, one of Roddick’s Twitter followers asked him what it feels like to take part in a match that lasts well over four hours. Roddick had a great response.

We can only imagine how exhausted Federer and Djokovic were. The match featured an insane 35-shot rally and was the longest final in Wimbledon history. It was also the first time the final featured a fifth-set tiebreak, so it goes without saying that it was a test of endurance. Roddick retired from tennis several years ago, and he’s clearly at peace with his decision.

Watch: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic had incredible 35-shot rally at Wimbledon

Two of the greatest tennis players of all time met in the championship match at Wimbledon on Sunday, and to say they did not disappoint would be an understatement.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had several long rallies during their match, but the most impressive came during the fourth set. It lasted a remarkable 35 shots and ended with Federer getting the point.

Federer eventually won the set to force a fifth and deciding set. The 35-shot rally was a prime example of the incredible conditioning these guys possess.

Juan Martin del Potro cries after losing US Open final

Juan Martin del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro was emotional after losing in the finals of the US Open on Sunday to Novak Djokovic.

The 29-year-old Argentine fell short against Djokovic, losing in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. Reaching the finals marked del Potro’s best major finish since he won the US Open in 2009. He was seen crying on the court following the defeat and said it was for a simple reason — he was sad about losing.

Del Potro’s journey to reach the final likely played a role in his feelings. He missed 11 majors from 2013-2017 while dealing with wrist injuries. He overcame the injuries to win a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, as well as reach the semis of the US Open last year and semis of the French Open this year. He came his closest since 2009 to winning his second major but fell short, which likely left him extremely disappointed despite his accomplishment.

Novak Djokovic expresses frustration with team during match

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic expressed frustration towards his team during his quarterfinal match against John Millman at the US Open on Wednesday night.

Djokovic won the first set of the match 6-3 but started to have an issue early in the second. With the score 1-1 in the second set, Djokovic was seen motioning to those in his player’s box between points. ESPN’s announcers speculated that he might have wanted a certain type of drink.

After Millman held serve to make it 2-1 in the second, Djokovic complained even more during a side change. You could see him motioning to his team asking for something to be brought to him.

Those in Djokovic’s box were seen looking around as if they were trying to find whatever Nole was requesting. The chair umpire was even seen on the phone during that time.

The conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium were so rough that Millman requested a break at 2-2 so he could change his clothes, which were soaked with sweat. Djokovic was only too happy to have a break. He spent it with his shirt off so he could cool down. He also received pills and a bottle from his team.

Watch: Novak Djokovic shouts out young son after Wimbledon win

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic’s 13th major title was just a little more special for a very good reason.

Djokovic won his first major title in two years by beating Kevin Anderson in straight sets at Wimbledon on Sunday, and it also happened to be the first one that his oldest son Stefan has been old enough to at least comprehend.

Djokovic was quick to point out his three-year-old son in his post-match interview, as the youngster could only witness the trophy presentation due to the fact that Wimbledon doesn’t allow children under five to attend matches at Centre Court.

This will have been a particularly meaningful win for Djokovic. Beyond having his son there, it also capped a comeback from elbow issues that plagued him and threatened to permanently derail his career.

Novak Djokovic says he had small medical intervention on elbow

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic underwent what he termed was a “small medical intervention” on his troublesome elbow recently.

Djokovic has been bothered by his elbow for two years and took six months off last year to rest it, hoping that would resolve his issues. However, he still felt pain while competing in the Australian Open last month and decided to undergo some “intervention” as he termed it.

Here’s the message Djokovic shared on Instagram Friday explaining what happened:

Hey guys, I owe you some news about my recovery. I’ve been carrying this injury for the past two years, and during this time I’ve been seeing many doctors. Truth be told, there were many different opinions, different diagnoses, different suggestions… It was not easy for me to choose which way to go and what to do. I took 6 months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain. I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try on AO. Anyhow, I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finish in Australia and a few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow. It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery. It’s quite a journey this one, I have to say. I’m learning a lot and for that I’m grateful. I’ve always taken care of my body and looked for the most natural ways to heal, and my body has rewarded me with some incredible years on tour. I am super positive and excited to follow my recovery through so I can come back to the place I love the most. The court. I’ll keep you posted and thanks for cheering me on!

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“Hey guys, I owe you some news about my recovery. I’ve been carrying this injury for the past two years, and during this time I’ve been seeing many doctors,” Djokovic wrote on Instagram. “Truth be told, there were many different opinions, different diagnoses, different suggestions… It was not easy for me to choose which way to go and what to do. I took 6 months off last season hoping to come back fully recovered, but unfortunately I still felt pain. I really missed competing, it’s in my blood and I had to give it a try on AO. Anyhow, I agreed with my team that I would try different methods after I finish in Australia and a few days ago I accepted to do a small medical intervention on my elbow. It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery. It’s quite a journey this one, I have to say. I’m learning a lot and for that I’m grateful. I’ve always taken care of my body and looked for the most natural ways to heal, and my body has rewarded me with some incredible years on tour. I am super positive and excited to follow my recovery through so I can come back to the place I love the most. The court. I’ll keep you posted and thanks for cheering me on!”

Djokovic’s status for the upcoming months is unclear. He was eliminated in the fourth round of the Australian Open, which has been his best major throughout his career. Last year he bowed out in Melbourne in the second round, marking his worst finish at a grand slam event since 2008. Getting his elbow repaired will be critical to him regaining his spot atop the men’s tennis rankings.

Novak Djokovic advocating for players to form union

Novak Djokovic celebration

Novak Djokovic’s attempt to unionize his fellow men’s tennis players has been the talk of the Australian Open so far.

According to the Daily Mail, Djokovic spoke at the annual player meeting at the Australian Open on Friday night. Djokovic reportedly spoke last, politely asked non-players to leave the room, then brought up a lawyer to help make the argument for why the players should unionize.

For now, the players are partners with tennis tournaments on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour, where tournaments offer varying levels of prize money depending on the event category. The grand slams determine their prize money pots.

Djokovic is president of the ATP Player Council, so he is active in these subject matters. He even got into some hot water two years ago when he suggested men deserved a greater share of revenue than women at events where it’s proven they are bigger draws.

Among the top names in the sport, Roger Federer is said to be opposed to unionizing, while Andy Murray reportedly favors it. Either way, the threat of a union could lead grand slam events to bump the pay closer to levels Djokovic finds satisfactory.