LONDON • Novak Djokovic often has his way on the tennis court, where he can be commanding and pull off winners at will.
Off it, though, the world No. 2 can sometimes fail to make an impression, like what happened to him on Thursday.
After a training session, which his wife Jelena was streaming live on Facebook, the Serb attempted to take her phone and say something to his many fans, reported several British newspapers and websites.
"I like to get near the camera, it makes me feel more intimate I guess, more friendly," the world No. 2 said. "Thank you for watching, I hope you enjoyed the..."
That is all he managed to say, before Jelena, 30, grabbed her phone back and chastised him.
"Where are your manners, huh?" she lectured in her native Serbian. "For heaven's sake. Thank you, love. Thank you.
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Where are your manners, huh? For heaven's sake. Thank you, love. Thank you. Isn't that what you should be saying?
JELENA DJOKOVIC, wife of tennis star Novak, who was heard chastising her husband on Facebook Live.
"Isn't that what you should be saying?"
He then reminded Jelena that the live streaming was still on. She looked awkwardly at the phone before switching it off.
Djokovic, who was put in his place by his wife, will make his comeback from a shoulder injury after accepting a wild card to play in the Acapulco tournament in Mexico starting next week.
The tournament boasts a strong field including last month's Australian Open finalist and world No. 6 Rafael Nadal and world No. 4 Milos Raonic.
"Great news! You'll see me back on court next week in Acapulco at @AbiertoTelcel," the 12-time Grand Slam singles champion wrote on his Twitter account yesterday. "Did you miss me?"
The 29-year-old carried the shoulder problem into Serbia's Davis Cup first-round win over Russia earlier this month. He then skipped the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam, which Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won last Sunday.
The Serb is battling to get back into shape after losing the world No. 1 ranking to Briton Andy Murray at the end of last season.
His Australian Open title defence also was sensationally ended by Uzbekistan's journeyman Denis Istomin in the second round.
Acapulco will be Djokovic's first ATP tournament in Latin America.