Novak Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy to progress to the final of the Roger Cup, but the match wasn’t without incident as the tennis player complained about the smell of weed and said that he had made him feel dizzy.
The Serbian player, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world at tennis, dispatched France’s Chardy comfortably 6-4, 6-4. But halfway through the game, Djokovic felt the need to complain to the match’s umpire about the smell, explaining how it was effecting his game.
“Someone is smoking weed, I can smell it, and I’m getting dizzy,” Djokovic explained, via the Telegraph. “Somebody is getting high. Can you smell it? The whole place smells of it.”
After the game, Djokovic continued his rant about the smell, and declared that he hopes the person responsible doesn’t return to the court for the final, which will see him play Andy Murray on Sunday night.
“Oh my God,” Djokovic remarked. “You can’t believe how bad it was. Whoever it is, he’s pretty high and I hope he doesn’t come back tomorrow. Because it’s a pretty bad smell. I didn’t enjoy it.”
Djokovic admitted that this wasn’t the first time during the tournament that he’d smelt marijuana. Djokovic explained that he’d breathed it in during his doubles win on Friday.
Djokovic joked, “Yesterday in the doubles match, today again. Somebody’s really enjoying his life around the tennis court. I think it stopped after a while. I felt I was playing better as I was inhaling.”
The reason why Novak Djokovic, who won the 2015 Wimbledon Championship earlier this summer, was able to breath in the smell of the substance was because cannabis is legal for medical use in Montreal, which is where the Rogers Cup is held.
Djokovic will face Andy Murray in the final on Sunday, after the Scottish player defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-0. Because of this victory, Murray will now replace tennis icon Roger Federer as the No. 2 in the rankings.
This is the first time that Murray has been this high in the rankings since 2013. Speaking of his ascent, Murray told the BBC, “It’s good to get back close to the top. It’s nice to get back especially after everything I went through last year with the hip surgery and dropping out of the top 10. A lot of questions were being asked about how my game was physically. I’ll keep working hard and try to get that one spot higher.”
UPDATE: Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Rogers Cup. This was the first time he’d beaten Djokovic in 8 encounters.
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