Tokyo Olympics: Novak Djokovic Throws Racket In The Stand, Over The Net And At Photographers, Watch Video

Tokyo. World’s top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic came to the Olympics with the dream of completing the ‘Golden Slam’ but will return empty-handed from Tokyo after losing the bronze medal bout. The Serbian player was defeated by Spain’s Pablo Careno Busta 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 in the bronze medal match. During the match, Djokovic lost his cool several times and vented his anger on the racket.

Djokovic had to face defeat for the third time in less than 24 hours. Alexander Zverev shattered Djokovic’s dream of becoming the first man to complete the ‘Golden Slam’ by defeating Djokovic in the men’s singles semi-finals of the Olympics on Friday. After this, he had to face defeat in the semi-finals of mixed doubles as well. Winning Olympic gold with all four Grand Slams in the same year is called Golden Slam. Steffi Graf (1988) is the only tennis player to achieve this feat.


Djokovic’s disappointment can be gauged from the fact that he threw his racket towards the stands after failing to intercept Busta’s shot during the long rally of the third set after saving a match point in the second set. After two games, when Busta broke his serve, he once again hit the net with his racket. He then picked up the racket and threw it towards the photographers.

Busta had demanded penalty points from the umpire

The chair umpire also warned Djokovic after throwing the racket over the net, but Busta demanded penalty points from the umpire as it was the second case of anger at the racket. However, the umpire did not warn Djokovic after the first incident.

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The mixed doubles pair of Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic had lost in the semi-finals on Friday. After which he was to face the mixed doubles pair of Ash Barty and John Peers of Australia in the bronze medal match, but he withdrew from the match citing a left shoulder injury. The mixed doubles bronze medal went to the Australian pair. Djokovic has now won only one medal in the Olympics. He won a bronze medal in Beijing (2008).

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