NOVAK Djokovic has apologised for scaring a ball boy during his Miami Open triumph.
Djokovic beat Andy Murray 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-0 in stifling conditions in the United States to collect his fifth Miami title.
But the 27-year-old said sorry to the kid and his parents after losing his cool in the second set which Murray won.
The ball boy was caught in the middle of Djokovic’s rant as he shouted at his support team in the stands.
Umpire Damien Dumusois issued Djokovic a warning for the way he shouted at his team but shocking the ball boy went unpunished.
But Djokovic took to Facebook after the game to publicise his apologies.
“I saw the replay. Unfortunately a ball boy was in the middle of it and I really, really feel sorry and regret that he was there. There was absolutely no intention whatsoever to hurt him or scare him in any kind of way. I sincerely hope he forgives me. I really apologise.
“As a parent I do care about children a lot right now and I look at it in a much different way.
“So I want to apologise to his parents for this situation as well. As a father I wouldn’t wish that something like this happens to my son.
“Again I sincerely hope you can forgive me and that we can move on. Unfortunately sometimes the emotions get the better of you.
“Also times as a professional athlete you learn how to control them and how to stay composed and mentally strong. But on a hot day like this when Andy was playing well and pushing all my buttons it wasn’t easy.”