Australian Open News 2023: Novak Djokovic hits back over criticism of toilet break

Novak Djokovic has accused a broadcaster of being “biased and wrong” after saying in a post he “defended” a chair umpire by taking a toilet break in his first-round win at the Australian Open.

The Serb took to social media on Thursday to criticize Eurosport, who he says posted “something judgmental and wrong”.

On Wednesday, the broadcaster tweeted: “Novak Djokovic defied the referee to take an early toilet break (eyes emoji) in his first match at the Australian Open.”

Djokovic has been accused by Australian tennis legend Mark Woodforde of “drawing ranks” but explained his version of events on his Instagram.

“The chair umpire allowed me to go to the bathroom but she told me I don’t have a toilet break, just have to change breaks,” he wrote.

“So she told me (you didn’t capture that on camera) to hurry up.

“As I was about to leave the court, she called me (I didn’t hear it) and wanted to tell me that the toilet is on the opposite side of the court.

“I also found one where I went and I had to be quick because of the time. I didn’t defy her or the rules.

“She gave me permission and told me to hurry. Be careful what you post next time. You have a responsibility to the many sports fans who follow your @eurosport page.”

He also posted, referring to his exchange with the referee: “Eurosport, please have your information verified before posting anything judgmental and inaccurate.”

In fairness, there’s no toilet humor in this spit.


Novak Djokovic has been slammed by two Australian greats for “getting ranked” in his first-round win over Roberto Carbales Baena on Tuesday night.

But…when nature calls, what will you do?

Five games after his straight-set win, Djokovic urgently rushed to the toilet at Rod Laver Arena.

After several failed attempts to get the chair umpire’s attention, Djokovic issued a simple statement.

“I’m going to the bathroom,” he said.

It seems that if you’re a nine-time champion, there’s no need for a hall pass.

But that bothered the Australian champions and now commentators John Fitzgerald and Mark Woodforde.

“He needs to go to the toilet? After five games?” Nine commentator and tennis great John Fitzgerald said.

“Well I think he just lost the rank there too,” added Australian tennis legend Mark Woodforde. “I think the officer tried to pull him back.”

“He just ran off the field,” Fitzgerald replied.

“Apparently he ran away without permission.

“I mean, 3-2 in the first set?”

Anyway, the toilet break worked wonders for Djokovic – who received a hero’s welcome during his straight-set win.

One of the most controversial men in tennis is already back in the good books at the Australian Open.

Any fears that Djokovic would be booed by the crowd for his anti-vaccination status were quashed the moment he returned to Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night.

The Serb has played in front of many hostile crowds during his tennis career but this was definitely not one of them.

Instead, the pro-Djokovic crowd rolled out the red carpet for the former world No. 1 and welcomed him back to Melbourne Park with open arms.

It was business as usual as he defeated Carballes Baena 6-3 6-4 6-0 and then addressed the crowd to thank them for their support.

“Thank you for staying so long and for giving me such a warm welcome,” he said.

“I’m very happy to be back in Australia and on the pitch where I had the greatest successes of my career.

“This place is the very special place and I couldn’t wish for a better start to the tournament.”

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Ryan Sederquist

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