«Rubbish tournament; don’t think about players» – Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon 4R match canceled because of curfew angers tennis fans

Novak Djokovic’s fourth-round clash at Wimbledon with Hubert Hurkacz suspended due to strict gender rules has left some tennis fans frustrated and frustrated.

Djokovic looks ready to progress to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, but he will have to continue against Hurkacz on Monday to finalize the deal. Despite his best efforts, the Serb struggled to break Hurkacz’s perfect serve on Sunday. The Pole has yet to lose a serve game in the tournament, boasting an impressive record of 58 consecutive successful serves.

However, Djokovic managed to come back in both rounds. He overcame a late mini-break shortage in the second set and even saved three set points in the first set before taking a 7-6(6), 7-6(6) lead.

However, tournament referee Gerry Armstrong made the decision to suspend play after the end of the second set, at 10:35 p.m. local time. The call was made due to the high probability that the match would end before the 23.00 curfew.

The decision left fans feeling frustrated and they took to social media to express their disappointment.

One fan expressed anger at the tournament organizers’ arrangement of matches, claiming that they favor local athletes and impose a curfew on other players without reason. due to justification. Despite Wimbledon’s rich tradition and history, fans consider the tournament to be «trash».

«They give incentives to domestic athletes as they like, delay the start time and put a curfew for no apparent reason. Didn’t think about the players at all, and couldn’t even run properly, but really junk league has a lot of tradition and form,» they tweeted.

@Wimbledon They favor local athletes as they please, delaying start times and placing curfews for no apparent reason.
It doesn’t think about the players at all, and while it can’t be run properly, it’s really a trash tournament heavy on tradition and formality.

Another fan expressed disappointment with the Wimbledon Championships, arguing that the event was not ‘serious’.

«The league isn’t serious. Shame this still has to happen in 2023,» the fan tweeted.

@Wimbledon The tournament is not serious. Shame this still has to happen in 2023

Here are some other reactions:

@Wimbledon so annoying #Wimbledon keep scheduling matches late, so we have matches that continue to be detrimental to the winner of the match. Not considered.
@Wimbledon really the only Grand Slam tournament that doesn’t practice at night, even more boring than the ATP 250 tournament…
@Wimbledon The absolute joke that a Grand Slam has something so silly happening, too often. The worst thing in the world is getting them to come back the next day to finish when it will be over in an hour.
@Wimbledon You need to solve this scheduling problem; started matches earlier and didn’t have this problem. That most likely happened to Murray on Thursday, and that will be the problem for both of them now, along with Alcarez tomorrow night after this game ends earlier in the day.
@Wimbledon If only the matches on the Center field started earlier ‍♂️🤷‍♂️
@Wimbledon Central Court matches should start earlier. It affects Murray. Not sure how much difference tomorrow’s continuation will make for Hurkacz & Djokovic but H could benefit from a quick chat with a sports expert. Can’t believe he lost both tie-breaks despite the set point
@Wimbledon Why did you stop? I mean the central building has a roof and has light.
@Wimbledon The 11pm curfew is too bad, especially since the game doesn’t start until 1pm.

«Why should I think about his achievements? I have to think about myself» – Andrey Rublev on potential QF Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic

Andrey Rublev and Novak Djokovic

Andrey Rublev awaits the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships. Following his victory over Alexander Bublik in the fourth round, Rublev shared his thoughts on a potential match against Djokovic.

On Sunday, Rublev won against Bublik in a thrilling five-set match at SW19. The final score was 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-4, sending Rublev into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time and marking his eighth quarter-final. Grand Slam.

In his post-match press conference, Andrey Rublev discussed the possibility of facing Djokovic. He admits that the Serb is undeniably one of the greatest players in tournament history, but adds that he is not bothered by the 23-times’ previous victories. won the Grand Slam at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

“Honestly, I don’t really think about it because this is his. [Novak Djokovic’s] history. He knows he’s one of the best, especially in this place, on this pitch. Why do I need to think about his achievements?” Rublev said.

Rublev added that he will focus on himself and give his best in the quarterfinals.

“Me, I have to think about myself and try to do my best,” said the 25-year-old. “He is one of the best. He hasn’t really lost this year, especially in Slam matches. All the Grand Slams that he played, he won. That is the most difficult thing. You have to play a really, really great game.”

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