Washington Post- Novak Djokovic lost to Andy Murray for the first time in two years Sunday, during the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Perhaps Murray was simply due, or perhaps his Serbian rival was still trying to clear his head from a weekend spent inhaling secondhand pot smoke.
During Saturday’s semifinal against Jeremy Chardy, Djokovic complained to the chair umpire about being “dizzy.” Why? “Someone is smoking weed,” Djokovic said. “I can smell it.”
Always willing to have a laugh, Djokovic smiled as he put his fingers to his mouth in the sign for smoking a joint. “The whole stadium smells of it,” he said while sitting in his chair during a changeover.
After the match, Djokovic told the media (via the BBC), “You can’t believe how bad it was. … Whoever it is, I hope he doesn’t come back tomorrow. He’s probably on the seventh sky somewhere.”
Apparently, the same thing had happened on Friday, during a doubles match in which Djokovic participated. “Somebody’s really enjoying his life around the tennis court,” he chuckled.
And just as soon as I cautiously placed one foot on the bandwagon, tennis goes ahead and makes a fool of me. Of course. Of course this was going to happen. Well fool me once tennis, but I'll be damned if I am sticking around for you to fool me again. Just when I thought tennis players were starting to shed that "gentleman's game" tag and embracing some good old fashioned trash talk, they turn around and fine Nick Kyrgios for talking shit about the sexual exploits of his opponents. Not only that, but then Novak Djokovic has to go and cry about a fan indulging in a little but of herbal medication during his match?
Be more of narc Novak, Jesus Christ. You're supposed to be an all world athlete that can overcome all distractions and someone smoking a little weed at least 50 feet away from you in an outdoor setting is making you dizzy? You already play a sport where people aren't even allowed to make noise during competition and now you want the stadium to smell to your standards? This fucking guy is making Beyonce look low maintenance. How about you persevere for me one time dude? Or how about this, if you didn't want to deal with the inconvenience of chronic smoke maybe you should have devoted your life to a sport that didn't require people to be high as fuck to enjoy it?
This reeks, no pun intended, of Djokovic making a couple marijuana friendly fans and a joint or two the scapegoat for his loss. First it was "someone is smoking weed, I can smell it" and then it was "the whole stadium smells of it". Could we be more dramatic? He's like the straight edge roommate that walks into the room while everyone else is in the middle of passing around the blunt and instantly goes into a coughing fit and cries that he won't be able to get the smell out of his clothes. No need to put on a show dude, it's just a little reefer. Plus, if the wholllllle stadium smells of it then both participants in the match are on equal footing. If the presence of weed was really that prevalent than Djokovic and Murray were both suffering from an equal amount of second hand smoke. An amount that I can only imagine was minuscule at best. I don't need my athletes to be activists for the legalization of marijuana, but I also don't want them blaming a whiff of pot for their performance. Can you imagine a musician stopping a concert due to weed induced dizziness? Meanwhile got this tennis player in white ankle socks bitching about an errant puff or two. The way Djokovic was talking you would think that they hot boxed the stadium. Hell, anything short of hot boxing the stadium and I refuse to count it as a valid excuse. Don't be a sore loser Novak, a bong rip or two could probably do wonders in easing that butt hurt.