Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Complains of Pot Smell During Match
World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic had just won the first set of his semifinal against France’s Jeremy Chardy at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada — a match he would go on to win comfortably before losing Sunday’s final against Britain’s Andy Murray — when he complained to the chair umpire that someone was smoking marijuana in the stands.
“Someone is smoking weed, I can smell it, I’m getting dizzy,” Djokovic said, according to the BBC. The 28-year-old later told reporters that it wasn’t the first time in the tournament he had detected traces of the drug’s distinct smell in the air.
“Yesterday in the doubles match, today again. Somebody’s really enjoying his life around the tennis court,” he said jokingly, referring to his doubles encounter alongside fellow Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.
“Somebody is getting high,” a video uploaded to YouTube shows him telling the umpire as he sits down. “No, honestly. Smell it?” he adds when the official began laughing incredulously. “The whole stadium smells it.”
It appears that for some people, the high of watching one of the world’s best athletes battle it out on court just isn’t enough.