Not all Novak Djokovic fans left happy Sunday night. A Aussie “mum” is in hot water in Melbourne this week. Shortly after his stunning win Sunday night at the Australian Open, Djokovic began unloading his apparel and other items into the crowd for his fans. Among the treasures was a game-worn shirt which he threw to young girl, 14-year-old Melissa Cook. But an elderly woman, Yael Rothschild, snatched it in mid-air before reaching the alleged intended target.
Rothschild has denied playing spolier, suggesting the 14-year-old already had Djokovic items in her possesion.
“She was seen holding his sweat band, his towel and his shoe – not a bad night’s winnings,” Rothschild told the Herald Sun.
When the shirt was thrown, there would have been 20 excited people, all with their hands out,” she said.
“After (it had been) thrown, there would have been 19 disappointed people.
“Such is life. I am not sure how you can snatch out of the hands (of) someone sitting three seats away from you with a barrier between the seating,” she said.
Cook denied the items she had were from the finals match
“I started crying because I couldn’t believe that something I truly believe he meant for me was taken by someone else,” Cook told the Sun on Monday.
“I had been yelling out to him the whole match and he had looked up and acknowledged me and then at the end he came straight over to my direction and threw the shirt up.”
And then it was gone.
Rothschild said she’s keeping the Djokovic shirt. For now.
The video clearly shows Rothschild stealing the shirt away from Cook. Shame on her!
UPDATE! The girl finally got the shirt, but for $5.5K
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