Novak Djokovic may have grabbed the title at the 2015 Miami Open over the weekend, but he has also been under fire for his outburst that involved one of the ball boys that just happened to be caught in the middle. The tennis pro got reprimanded by the chair umpire after the incident. Djokovic has since apologized to the boy in a video message. In a segment on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, the ball boy accepted the apology and it seems that all is well between the two.
Djokovic was in the middle of an intense match with Scotsman Andy Murray in which he was struggling and furious with himself after losing the second set. On the way to his chair, the ball boy came up to give the world number one his towel but instead got an angry earful in the process. Djokovic wasn’t yelling at him but he was shouting to his team as he does quite frequently during his matches. Unfortunately, the boy got caught in the middle of it.
The 27-year-old player grabbed the towel from his hands at the same time he was hollering to his team, which included his coach, Boris Becker. The ball boy had this ‘scared’ look on his face and quickly walked away. Novak Djokovic ended up beating Murray in a 7-6, 4-6, 6-0 match for the championship trophy, but not before he was warned by the umpire about the incident.
“It’s not what you said, it’s the way you said something. Shouting, the kid was scared,” the umpire told him.
Djokovic didn’t seem to understand what he was talking about. However, he watched the episode back later on and realized just how bad it looked. He has since made an apology to the boy and also to his parents as well.
“I saw the replay. Unfortunately a ball boy was in the middle of it and I really, really feel sorry and regret that he was there,” he said in a video message. “There was absolutely no intention whatsoever to hurt him or scare him in any kind of way. I sincerely hope he forgives me. I really apologize.”
It was a heartfelt apology as it seemed that Djokovic was not directing any anger towards the boy, only his camp. He also explained that he let his emotions get the better of him. With the heat of the day and trying to get through the match with Andy Murray, he didn’t stay as composed as he should have. The ball boy accepted the apology. He seemed to be over the incident and wasn’t holding any grudges against the tennis pro.
“Absolutely no hard feelings,” he said. “He apologized to me and my parents and we all really appreciated that.”
Novak Djokovic is a new dad with a sweet baby boy and he pointed out in the video that he would not want anyone to treat his son badly. He said that he cares for kids, especially since becoming a father. After winning the Miami Open, he posted a cute photo on Twitter of him with baby Stefan saying that this was his most precious trophy.