When chronically injured quarterback Andrew Luck revealed a week ago he was retiring from the NFL to take care of his health, Colts fans booed the sidelined star mercilessly.
Now another highly regarded pro athlete – the #1 ranked player in men’s tennis – has suffered similar humilation after ‘retiring’ from match play due to injury …
CNN – In an era where men’s tennis has been dominated by the “Big 3” of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka can at times be a forgotten man.
The 34-year-old Swiss has won three major titles — and they all came against members of the Big 3.
Guess what? He’s still here.
On Sunday night in New York, Wawrinka struck again, stunning the world No. 1 and defending US Open champion Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.
World’s #1 ranked player booed by NY fans after leaving with injury
Djokovic, who has been battling a left shoulder injury, elected to retire in the third set when Wawrinka was leading by a break, eliciting boos from sections of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.
“I’m sorry for the crowd. Obviously they came to see a full match, and just wasn’t to be,” Djokovic said at his news conference. “I mean, a lot of people didn’t know what’s happening, so you cannot blame them.”
“It’s no secret that I have, you know, of course desire and a goal to reach the most slams, you know, and reach Roger’s record,” Djokovic, 32, said. “But at the same time, it’s a long road ahead hopefully for me. I hope I can play for many more years. I’m planning to. I mean, I don’t see an end behind the corner at all.
“Now it’s a matter of keeping my body and mind in shape and trying to still peak at these kind of events that are majors and that are the most significant in our sport.”
‘Evaluation is to come’
Djokovic confirmed to reporters it was the left shoulder, which has been bothering him for a couple of weeks, that forced him to retire.
“Evaluation is to come,” Djokovic said. “Obviously I did a lot of different treatments and diagnostics and everything in the last couple weeks … ” Read more.