Novak Djokovic returned to the Australian Open this year after missing the 2022 tournament due to his vaccination status.

Despite being a nine-time champion of the event, his absence from last year’s Open drew criticism, and Djoker feels he is being treated unfairly this year.

During their first round match, Djokovic used the bathroom with permission. However, EuroSport reported in a tweet that he «challenged the referee.»

The 21-time Grand Slam winner clarified the situation, saying the referee allowed him to use the bathroom, but to do it quickly.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Lorenzo Sonego of Italy in their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on May 15, 2021.
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However, the situation led Djokovic to speak out against the media following his second round win.

«Again, I’m asking a public question: Why didn’t the ATP or the Grand Slam come out and explain the situation when they can see that the media is publicly lynching me?» she told reporters.

“I am an easy target to be the villain. This is how they portray me. For me, that is now a normal thing, but I will not tolerate injustice, ”she added. «Some things I can tolerate, some I can’t. They don’t deserve something like this to be allowed to get away with.»

Djokovic made his displeasure with EuroSport known in a series of now-expired Instagram stories.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during a match against Laslo Djere of Serbia during the ATP Serbian Open 250 tournament at Novak Tennis Center on April 20, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during a match against Laslo Djere of Serbia during the ATP Serbian Open 250 tournament at Novak Tennis Center on April 20, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.
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«Eurosport please check your information before posting something critical and wrong,» Djokovic wrote (h/t sports fox australia). «The chair umpire allowed me to go to the bathroom, but told me that I had no bathroom break, only to change during the break. So he told me (you didn’t catch that on camera) that I had to hurry. When I almost got out from the court called me (I didn’t hear) and it was to tell me that the bathroom was on the other side of the court.

«I found one where I went too, and had to be quick for time. I didn’t ‘defy’ her or the rules. She gave me permission and told me to be quick. Next time, be careful what you say.» You have a responsibility to many sports fans who follow your page @eurosport».

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia during the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2022 in Paris.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia during the 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on May 27, 2022 in Paris.
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EuroSport deleted the tweet and Djokovic said he spoke to network executives who apologized «in private».

Earlier in the tournament, Djokovic asked a referee to throw out a booing fan who said he was «drunk like crazy» and «wasn’t here to watch tennis.»

Djokovic faces Grigor Dimitrov in the third round on Saturday at 3 am ET. A victory will tie him with Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slams of all time and give him his 10th victory in Melbourne.

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