Yael Rothschild swears she’s keeping that stolen Novak Djokovic shirt
THE woman filmed swooping for Novak Djokovic’s shirt at the Australian Open is Yael Rothschild. The intended recipient of the short was, reportedly, Melissa Cook, a 14-year-old with the ability to score fornt-row seats a Grand Slam final.
Do you pity her?
Says Cook to the Herald Sun:
“I started crying because I couldn’t believe that something I truly believe he meant for me was taken by someone else.”
So. Why didn’t Djokovic’s just hand it to her?
“I had been yelling out to him the whole match and he had looked up and acknowledged me. Then at the end he came straight over to my direction and threw the shirt up.”
But Yael Rothschild says she is keeping the shirt. Faint heart never won sweaty top. So goes the proverb. And Yael has three daughters. Maybe they;d like it every bit as much as Cook, who at least got toe see the epic game with Nadal game live?
“She was seen holding his sweat band, his towel and his shoe – not a bad night’s winnings,” she said. Cook denied these claims, saying the items she was holding were from the 2011 Open. “And the towel she saw me with wasn’t even Djokovic’s – it was given to me by an official,” Cook said.
As Rothschild tells the Herald Sun:
“When the shirt was thrown, there would have been 20 excited people, all with their hands out. 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.”
In a word: skill.
The last word is with Rothschild, who adds:
Hey can anyone reccomend [sic] a good product for getting grass stains out of a white T-shirt?
Get in there, Yael. This is how youth used to be: hard. Melissa, who gets officials to give her things for free and scoops fantastic tickets for one of the best tennis matches ever played wants another free shirt – and she moans to the press when she doesn’t get it. Hang in there, Yael. But with your grip, we know you will…