Novak Djokovic responds to heckler by acing tennis serve

Novak Djokovic remained calm as a heckler shouted mid-match that he should get vaccinated during this weekend’s Australian Open.

In recent years, Djokovic missed two Grand Slams due to COVID-19 vaccination mandates. The tennis champion, who was ranked second in the world before the final, has refused to receive the vaccine.

Djokovic was up to serve Friday during a match point when the heckler shouted, “Get vaccinated.” In an effort to quiet the heckler during the sport that is typically only accompanied by applause, a voice came over the intercom to simply say, “Please.” The rest of the crowd seemingly booed the heckler while Djokovic stepped back from the court to recompose himself.

Power of concentration. https://t.co/pQpMaGgwaL

— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 20, 2024

Then Djokovic served directly at his opponent Tomas Martin Etcheverry, but Etcheverry was unable to
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