Mum Snatches Novak Djokovic’s Shirt Away From School Girl [Video]
by Tom Gainey | January 31st, 2012, 11:33 pm

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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19 Comments for Mum Snatches Novak Djokovic’s Shirt Away From School Girl [Video]

Ajet Says:

as some journalist funnily put it, novak throws shirt at young gal, fat cow steals it, lol :p

Wog boy Says:

I am sure if somebody informs Nole’s team , they will be more then happy to send the girl polo shirt. She was in newspaper and they took pictures of her bedroom in her Adelaide home. It is like Nole’s shrine, everything is about Nole.
I don’t post on Nole’s site, though I read, but if there is posters from here that are posting at Nole’s site, they can raise the question and let them know. This girl deserves that, I can imagine how happy she would be, life is about small things, that make you happy, isn’t it.

Duro Says:

It’s only one (5 actually) sweaty shirt in which the history had been made.


Wog boy Says:

Well….that is true, Duro.
But I am shure that she would be more than happy to have something else that is from Nole.
I can tell you that when I went to Serbia last year my doughter had a list of her girlfriends from school (it is girls school) that wanted something from Novak’s shop. I made sure to by some extra Nole’s souvenirs, just to be on a safe side. When ever I go to pick up my doughtet from school, all those girls start to scream Nole, Nole, Nole. They reckon my doughter has a cool dad, and I feel good :-)

Wog boy Says:

Sure nou shure :)

Duro Says:

Wog boy,

You would be surprised to know that even one adult Nole fan from this blog (a friend of ours, by the way) got a Nole’s souvenir from me as well ;-)…


Wog boy Says:

Duro, I am absolutely sure, that person more then deserved the souvenir !

C.O.Z. Says:

I think the girl sounds like a spoiled brat. She already has tons of Novak’s bits of clothing and memorabilia, and SHE’S AT A GRAND SLAM FINAL FFS!
I mean, that’s damn lucky for a 14 year old. The fact she’s crying over this shirt just makes her look quite spolied.

Fandom is always a case of who gets there first, and I’m afraid she learned the hard way.

I like how this girl seems to think that she was the ONLY one screaming for his shirt the whole match, yeah, it seemed aimed in her direction in the video and it probably was aimed at her, but come on, the things she’s saying make her sound insufferable.
I mean, it was never HER property, so it wasn’t really stolen from her now, was it? She just got unlucky that someone was more on the ball than her.

julika Christoff Says:

I think there are more important things than a wet and damaged Poloshirt from N.D.

Wog boy Says:

@julika Christoff:

Like what?

The thread is about “wet and damaged Poloshirt of N.D.” And that is what we are talking about. You can always change the thread or blog and look for more important news, like ” global warming” etc. etc and leave these unimportant news to us unimportant people, Julika Hristov. That is how your original surname was before it was westernized:-)
We have something in common.

CM Says:

Yeah Nole should give her a replacement. ie wear a new one and role in some water and mud then send to her. His sweat will be on it. She deserves it.
BTW now she has made history. so it is worth it afterall.
GO girll go.
The fast hand mum also deserves it. Really risking falling off like that??? Kudos to her really.
Case ended.

jamie Says:

Will the good times continue in Djokovic’s career in 2012?

Our astrologers have prepared a chart for Novak Djokovic on the basis of his birth details to analyze the planetary positions and see how will be the year 2012 for Djokovic’s career.

As per Djokovic’s birth details his moon sign is Pisces and he is undergoing major period of Ketu and minor period of Venus. The position of Ketu (which gives wisdom and creativity) in the 10th house (indicating career) from his ascendant is highly favorable for Djokovic. Venus, (which gives enjoyment and pleasure) placed in the 5th house (indicating sports) from his ascendant is also a positive sign for him. This indicates the year will further boost career prospects of Djokovic.

Moreover, the position of Jupiter (indicating money) in the 2nd house (representing monetary and material assets) from Djokovic’s Moon sign till May 2012 will bring him good financial gains.

Wog boy Says:


The case is really closed but not without twist.
Yael Rothshchild felt guilty and decided to auction Novak’s polo shirt on e- bay,BTW it is white one and in one piece, and guess who bought it……..well, mother of young Melissa Cook paid $5.500 and gave it to her doughter.
Case closed :-)

Wog boy Says:

Money was given to charity. Very nice.

Nina Says:

Wow! All this fuss about a sweaty shirt? LOL. I’m a hardcore Nole fan but I would never fight for that so hard. It’s ludicrous. Anyway, funny how Nole now is the centre of attention in the media. :)

Ajet Says:

“Wog boy Says:

The case is really closed but not without twist.
Yael Rothshchild felt guilty and decided to auction Novak’s polo shirt on e- bay,BTW it is white one and in one piece, and guess who bought it……..well, mother of young Melissa Cook paid $5.500 and gave it to her doughter.
Case closed :-)

February 3rd, 2012 at 2:31 am

Wog boy Says:
Money was given to charity. Very nice.

February 3rd, 2012 at 2:38 am”

Wow, this is probably what I would call a fairy-tale ending! ;)

Wheeler Says:

EVERYONE IS WRONG HERE. Whoever get to grab the shirt first gets it. Too bad the bitch girl didn’t. She has no right to blame the woman. And the lame woman, why did she have to get scared over the stupid Facebook threats and sell the shirt? If anything, she should have just given the shirt to the bitch girl. And the moronic parents paying this ridiculous amount of a sweaty celebrity shirt?

I hope something bad happens to that shirt so that spoilt bitch girl who made her parents waste money learns a lesson.

Bryan Says:

Yeah well, everyone would love to have the shirt of Djokovic even though I’m a guy, I would proudly wear it especially when I’m playing sports since it is for sure very comfortable.

Paul Says:

Yes, the threats to her kids and the anti-semitic comments all very appropriate to serve the interests of a spoiled girl who didn’t get her way.

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