Novak Djokovic must get used to being the “bad guy” following his disqualification from the U.S. Open for hanging a line pass judgement on with a ball, American nice John McEnroe has stated.
The international primary used to be defaulted at 5-6 down within the first set of his fit in opposition to Pablo Carreno Busta on Sunday after a ball he swiped in frustration hit a feminine legitimate within the throat.
The 33-year-old Serbian posted an apology on Instagram, vowing to remove precious courses that may support his “growth and evolution as a player and human being.” [nL8N2G30SI]
McEnroe, whose personal behaviour often landed him in scorching water with officers all the way through his enjoying occupation, stated Djokovic had buckled beneath the drive.
“The pressure just got to him. I think a lot has been going on off the court,” McEnroe, who used to be disqualified within the fourth spherical of the 1990 Australian Open after being passed 3 code violations, informed ESPN.
“It’s obviously affected him and whether he likes it or not, he’s going to be the bad guy the rest of his career.
“If he embraces that role, I think he could recover. He’s got a lot of things going for him, but this is a stain that he’s not going to be able to erase.”
After the untimely finish to his bid for an 18th Grand Slam, Djokovic left the grounds with out attending a press convention and McEnroe, a four-times U.S. Open champion, stated the Serb will have to have confronted the song as an alternative of apologising on social media.
“You got to man up. It made no sense to me. In the past I’ve seen him take responsibility when he’s blown it. In this case it makes it even worse,” he stated.
“So what if he apologised on Twitter… that’s not good enough.”
(Reporting by way of Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by way of Peter Rutherford)