Laslo Djere recalls meeting idol Novak Djokovic as a child

Upcoming Serbian star Laslo Djere talks about seeing Novak Djokovic play when he was a kid and how he idolises the World No. 1.

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Laslo Djere and Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic (L) Laslo Djere (R)

Laslo Djere, the World No. 57 from Serbia recalled his fan boy moment seeing and meeting fellow countryman and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic as a child and what impact it had on him.

The 25-year old has been in some form in 2021 playing some consistent tennis throughout the season. He made it to the quarter-finals at the Chile Open and finished runner-up in the recently concluded Sardegna Open 2021 losing in 3-sets in what was a gruelling 3-hour contest.

In an interview with the ATPTour.com, the Serbian talked about his childhood idols whom he looked up while aspiring to be a tennis star himself. “When I was a kid maybe some tennis players that were my idols but I met them a long time ago, I guess. Someone like Novak, I met him when I was a child.” said Djere who does not remember the details clearly.

“It motivated me,” says Laslo Djere on watching Djokovic play

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Laslo Djere

“First I guess I saw him (Djokovic) playing in the Davis Cup and that was also good for me and exciting. I can’t remember (the details) because I was really small and really young, but for sure it motivated me,” Djere further said.

Djere has always been a big fan of Novak and have played together representing Serbia in the Davis Cup competitons for more than 4-years now. “We know each other and always say a few words when we see each other at tournaments.”

“He sent me a message when I reached the Top 100 [of the ATP Rankings] and called me to play doubles with him at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, when I was nowhere close to the Top 100. He’s a great guy and an inspiration to all of us.”

Laslo Djere will next feature on the tour playing at the Monte Carlo Masters.

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