WATCH: “How can you hate such a generous person?” Novak Djokovic’s heartwarming gesture of gifting his racquet leaves a young fan in tears

After his quarterfinal victory in Tel Aviv, Novak Djokovic gifts his racquet to a young fan sitting in the stands.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

21-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic moved into the semifinals of the 2022 Tel Aviv Watergen Open after beating fellow PTPA member Vasek Pospisil in the quarterfinals in straight sets 7-6(5),6-3. Djokovic is playing his first knockout tournament since winning Wimbledon and is slowly getting into peak form.

Djokovic is often regarded as arrogant and isn’t the most popular among fans due to his attitude. But Djokovic’s heartwarming gesture in Tel Aviv paints a very different picture. After beating Pospisil, Djokovic gave his racquet to a young fan seated in the stands supporting him. As soon as the Serb gave him the racquet, the boy couldn’t hold back his emotions and began crying.

After missing out on the entire North-American swing due to his vaccination status, Djokovic has a packed schedule for the next two months. He will now face Roman Safiullin in the semifinals on Saturday and after his campaign in Tel Aviv, he will travel to Kazakhstan to play the Astana Open. He is then scheduled to play the Paris Masters and if he qualifies, would battle it out at the ATP Finals in Turin next month.

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Tennis Twitter reacts to Novak Djokovic’s kind gesture

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic’s fans and tennis fans in general were very happy to see this heartfelt gesture from Djokovic. They took to social media to laud the Serbian maestro and termed him ‘the kindest ever.

After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic lost just one match. He got beaten in the Laver Cup by Felix Auger Aliassime in straight sets but given his form this week in Tel Aviv, it looks almost certain that Djokovic will win the inaugural Tel Aviv Open.

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.