Monday 21 August 2017

Djokovic vents fury over state of court and postponement

“The last match on Centre Court finished before 7pm. Bearing in mind Centre Court has the roof and lights, we could have played until 11pm.
“The last match on Centre Court finished before 7pm. Bearing in mind Centre Court has the roof and lights, we could have played until 11pm." Photo: PA Wire

Luke Brown

Novak Djokovic bemoaned the state of Centre Court and criticised the All England Club's decision to postpone his fourth round Wimbledon match in a bad-tempered press conference following his 6-2 7-6 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino.

Djokovic was initially scheduled to play Mannarino on Monday evening on No 1 Court, after Rafael Nadal's match against Gilles Muller. But, with that match lasting almost five hours, it was decided to postpone Djokovic's match until yesterday.

"We we could have played," claimed Djokovik. "The last match on Centre Court finished before 7pm. Bearing in mind Centre Court has the roof and lights, we could have played until 11pm.

"We were kept for two-and-a-half hours in the dark without knowing what they were going to do. The referee's office was completely indecisive."

Djokovic, who is attempting to win Wimbledon for the fourth time, dispatched of Mannarino in straight sets but his victory was far from routine.

The Serb was given headache tablets in the first set, received a medical time-out for a sore shoulder in the third and spent much of the match remonstrating with the umpire over the state of the surface.

"The courts have not been great here this year and I am not the only one to have been complaining," said Djokovic who will plays Tomas Berdych today.

Irish Independent

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