By Oli Gamp For Mailonline
Published: 08:07 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 08:33 BST, 7 September 2020
Novak Djokovic showed little concern over his behaviour in 2016 after hitting the ball into the crowd at the ATP Finals - months after he came close to hitting an official with his racquet.
The clip, which sees Djokovic respond angrily to a reporter who called him out for his conduct, has come back to haunt the World No 1 after he was disqualified from the US Open for smashing a ball at a line judge.
Frustrated after being broken by Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, he inadvertently hit the ball backwards without looking - striking the throat of the female official, who keeled over on court. After a ten-minute deliberation between Referee Soeren Friemel and by umpire Aurelie Tourte, he was defaulted from the tournament.
A clip from 2016 has emerged showing Novak Djokovic brushing off concerns over his conduct
The Serbian laughs after being questioned about hitting a ball into the crowd at the ATP finals
The World No 1 was disqualified from the US Open after inadvertently hitting a line judge
The four-year-old clip starts with the journalist mentioning an incident at the French Open in the same year, where Djokovic flung his racquet backwards and nearly hit a line judge.
He is then asked whether he is concerned about his continued behaviour after his 3-set win over Dominic Thiem in London, with a reporter asking 'Does it concern you one day that will cost you dearly? If it hit someone today, is that something you've got to address'.
Djokovic begins to laugh and says: 'You guys are unbelievable. You're always picking these kind of things.'
When told that he 'keeps doing these things', he hits back: 'I keep doing these things? Why don't I get suspended then?'
Djokovic previously said his behaviour was 'not an issue' after showing frustrations on courtsonos sonos One (Gen 2) -