A mom has denied snatching Novak Djokovic's Australian Open shirt from a teenager, and declared the sweaty souvenir is hers for the keeping.
Yael Rothschild said she was hurt, and her three daughters very upset, by any suggestion the apparel she took home as a souvenir had been grabbed from schoolgirl Melissa Cook, or that it had even been intended for the 14-year-old.
Cook, a diehard Djokovic fan, had pleaded for the return of the shirt -- claiming the world No. 1 tossed it to her after his epic Australian Open victory, only for Rothschild to swoop across and pinch it in midair. The moment was captured on video and went viral.
"I started crying because I couldn't believe that something I truly believe he meant for me was taken by someone else," a tearful Cook told the Herald Sun.
Rothschild denied she snatched the shirt, and insisted, "I'm keeping it."
"When the shirt was thrown, there would have been 20 excited people, all with their hands out," she said.
"After [it had been...