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French Captain Criticizes 'Unfair' Disruptions By Serbian Fans At Davis Cup


Serbians celebrate in the center of Belgrade after the national tennis team won the Davis Cup finals against France.

Serbians celebrate in the center of Belgrade after the national tennis team won the Davis Cup finals against France.

French captain Guy Forget has praised Serbia's players but criticized some Serbian fans for what he has described as "unfair" disruptions and heckling during the final matches that resulted in Serbia's first victory in the Davis Cup world team tennis championship.

Before 17,000 fans in Belgrade, the Serbs on December 5 rallied behind wins from Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki to defeat the French 3-2 and secure the Davis Cup triumph.

Forget said most supporters respected the players but said 20 or 30 of what he called "idiots" in the Serbian crowd deliberately tried to disrupt the French players at key moments -- behavior which he called frustrating and "very unfair."

Forget, however, did not blame the disruptions for France's defeat, saying Djokovic and Troicki had played well to earn the victory.

"Serbia, you know, deserved to win, because they were behind and came back again," he said. "Obviously it's a great advantage to play at home. Probably if we would have played in Paris or somewhere else, things would have been little bit different. But you know, that's the way it goes. Once again, you have to give credit to Novak [Djokovic] and [Viktor] Troicki for the quality of the play they had today."

World No. 3 Djokovic, a previous winner of the Australian Open, said Serbia's victory over nine-time Davis Cup champions France marked his single greatest achievement so far in tennis.

-- Reuters
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