‘I mean let the guy loosen up a little!’ – John McEnroe slams French Open crowd for taunting Novak Djokovic in duel with Rafa Nadal

JOHN MCENROE joined Novak Djokovic’s defense on Tuesday after the Serb received a hostile reception from French Open spectators.

Djokovic, 35, was greeted by boos and jeers as he entered Court Philippe-Chatrier ahead of his much-anticipated quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal.

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It’s the second time he’s been booed at this year’s French Open – he received the same treatment during his fourth-round clash with Diego Schwartzman.

But on this occasion, McEnroe quickly came to his defense.

After speculating on whether or not the taunting chants were actual or not when appearing on Eurosport, he said: “Unfortunately that was a boo.”

“I think it basically blows what I think.

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“I mean it’s crazy, come on. This guy is a credit to our sport, he comes on the pitch, it’s one of the biggest games.

“They may never see it – they will probably never see this game on this pitch again. Come on.”

He then condemned the fans for their actions, adding: “No other player has had to face more adversity [than Djokovic].

“It’s unfair, I have to say. This guy has turned lemons into lemonade more times than any player in the history of tennis, and if you think he doesn’t mind, you’re crazy!


“He’s tough enough mentally that he can deal with it and kind of channel his anger and frustration at what he feels is a lack of respect — and I think he is.”

Nadal defeated last year’s French Open champion in a four-set thriller to reach the semifinals.

The game started at 20:45 local time and lasted 4 hours 12 minutes.

Both players argued the tie should have been played earlier in the day and Djokovic said: “I think they’re starting too late.

“But television decides, this is the world we live in.”

Nadal reiterated his claims, saying: “I don’t like night sessions on clay. I’m very clear on that.

“I don’t like playing on clay at night because the humidity is higher, the ball is slower and the conditions can be very tough, especially when it’s cold.

“I think that makes a big difference who plays tennis on clay at night and during the day.” ‘I mean let the guy loosen up a little!’ – John McEnroe slams French Open crowd for taunting Novak Djokovic in duel with Rafa Nadal


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