Watch: Novak Djokovic bluntly shuts down BBC interview: ‘Have anything else to ask?’

Djokovic’s BBC interview didn’t last even two minutes after the Serb got annoyed with constant questions about the crowd.

Novak Djokovic accepted to give the BBC an interview just a day after letting the Wimbledon crowd hear it but then basically walked out of the interview after less than two minutes because he was annoyed by only getting booing-related questions.

On Monday evening, Djokovic gave Holger Rune a three-set defeat in the round-of-16 and then turned his attention to the crowd, who he felt was acting disrespectfully toward him throughout the match. For them, the seven-time Wimbledon champion had something special that led to the moment becoming viral and making all the headlines.

During the match, Djokovic would often hear the “Ruuuuuune” chant. And after Djokovic made it clear he wasn’t happy with that, BBC’s Rishi Pershad tried to calm down the Serb and convince him the crowd was just rooting for Rune and not booing him.

“To all the fans that have had respect and stayed here tonight, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I appreciate it. And to all those people that have chosen to disrespect the player — in this case me — have a goooooooood night,” Djokovic told the crowd after ousting Rune.

On Tuesday, Djokovic met with the BBC for an interview, which started with three consecutive questions about the crowd incident. And it didn’t take long before Djokovic told goodbye to the interviewer and walked away.

“I don’t regret by words or actions on the court. Do you have any questions other than the crowd? I mean are you focused only on that or are there any questions about the match or is it solely focused on that? This is the third question already, I said what I had to say,” Djokovic bluntly said.

The interviewer then attempted to change the tone of the interview and tried to change Djokovic about his Wimbledon quarterfinal match against Alex de Minaur.

But Djokovic had none of it, replying: “Yeah I look forward to it, it’s going to be a tough one. Thanks.”

Djokovic made it perfectly clear he wasn’t naive to think this theory

After being told that the “Ruuuuune” chants were just a way of the crowd rooting for the Dane and not a way of them trying to boo him, Djokovic pretty much said he wasn’t dumb or naive to think that the prolonged Rune chant was just a coincidence. When making that clear, the 37-year-old Serb also underlined that he has been on the Tour for two decades so selling him cheap or dirty tricks isn’t easy.

“They were (booing). They were. I am not accepting it. No, no, no. I know they were cheering for Rune but that’s an excuse to also boo. Listen, I have been on the tour for more than 20 years. I know all the tricks, I know how it works. I focus on the respectful people that pay for the ticket, and love tennis and appreciate the players. I have played in much more hostile environments, trust me — you guys can’t touch me,” Djokovic said.

Rune didn’t think that Djokovic received boos

After suffering a 3-6 4-6 2-6 loss to Djokovic and failing to make back-to-back Wimbledon quarterfinals, Rune was asked about the post-match moment that went viral. And the least to say, he didn’t agree with what Djokovic said.

“It all started at US Open the first time we played each other, when the crowd chanted my name and it sounded a little bit like ‘boo…’ then we played each other many more times, more like in Italy and France where they don’t pronounce my name the same way,” Rune said after the match.

“Yeah, now we’re in England. If you don’t know what was happening, probably it sounded like ‘boo.’ But… if we all know what happened… It was my name. He’s played so many matches since he played me last time. If he didn’t remember, it could probably sound different for him.”

In his presser, Rune also said that he didn’t think the crowd impacted the match that much since the record 24-time Grand Slam champion was the better player and absolutely deserved to end on the winning side.

Meanwhile, Djokovic now has a 4-2 head-to-head versus Rune. But there was one interesting thing about their Wimbledon match – it was their first meeting that ended in straight sets.

Today, Djokovic will return to action to play against Alex de Minaur for a place in the Wimbledon semifinal. It remains to be seen how will the crowd treat Djokovic and if something will change.

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