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    Hat off for Novak Djokovic: Black lining on Nole cap ruled too much by umpire

    Jul 6, 2019
    PHOTO: AP

    IT was hats off to Novak Djokovic on No. 1 Court.

    Or "for" Djokovic, rather.

    The top-ranked Serb wasn't allowed to wear his cap for the match against Hurkacz after the chair umpire ruled that its black lining violated Wimbledon's strict rules for all-white clothing.

    He was questioned about the very same hat in his previous match before being allowed to wear it, and was a bit perplexed about the decision.

    "Last match ... I was starting to unpack my hat. The chair umpire said he needs to check whether or not I'm able to play with it," Djokovic said. "He got a confirmation that I'm able to play. So I got the permission. I played with the hat. The same hat I took out now, I was not able to play with it. That's why I was just questioning that call. I mean, no one has approached me before the match to tell me, 'Well, you can't really play with the hat this match.' That's all."

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    Despite the sunny weather and temperatures reaching 81 degrees F (27 degrees C), Djokovic didn't seem to be too bothered by the wardrobe mishap.

    "I just accepted it and dealt with it," he said. "That's it.

    The top-seeded Serb dropped a set for the first time this week but had a straightforward win regardless, beating Hubert Hurkacz, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4.

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