World No. 1 Novak Djokovic brought home his first title of the season last week when he defeated then the World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the 2022 Rome Masters. It was Novak’s second finals appearance of what has been a difficult season but the Serbian looks to be back at his best having clinched the finals in straight-sets including a first-set bagel over the Greek youngster.
It was a much-needed win for Novak going into the 2022 French Open where he is the defending champion and is looking for his 21st career Slam and his 3rd French Open title. Over the course of the Clay season, Novak has improved drastically starting with a second-round defeat in Monte-Carlo Masters, a runner-up finish in Belgrade Open, a semi-final run in the Madrid Masters and now a title in Rome, all of which will contribute to boosting his confidence and chances in Roland Garros next week.
With Novak losing two sponsors this season in the form of Peugeot and UKG due to different reasons, Lacoste has remained loyal to the World No. 1 and despite the setbacks this season, they have not ended their deal with him. Taking their partnership further ahead, the sporting apparel brand recently launched their latest tennis collection collaborated with Djokovic. The designs include the Serbian’s outfit for the French Open as well where similar to last year, he is expected to dawn the orange and red t-shirts.
“Drawing its inspiration from the speed of tennis balls, the @DjokerNole collection has everything you need to go beyond your limits. #TeamLacoste,” tweeted the official handle of Lacoste announcing their new collection that includes the trademark Djokovic jersey colours of orange, red, blue and green with similar shorts and a cap to go with it.
Novak Djokovic inches closer to Steffi Graf’s all-time record
With his qualification into the semis of the Rome Masters, Novak was ensured of being the World No. 1 for another 3 weeks as the rankings will not be updated during the French Open that begins on 22nd May. The fortnight-long event will add two more weeks to Novak’s tally taking him to 373 weeks at the top of the rankings.
Novak is now just 4-weeks shy of matching Steffi Graf‘s longstanding record of most weeks spent at the top of the rankings. Given his recently found form, a deep run at Roland Garros could see him stay at the top and break Steffi’s record too.