WATCH: Novak Djokovic gives a special treat to a young fan in a heartwarming gesture at a recent basketball match
Novak Djokovic not worried about losing the top spot to Carlos Alcaraz but congratulated the Spaniard in return.
On Wednesday, the former world No.1, Novak Djokovic attended a basketball match in his hometown of Belgrade. Understandably, it attracted a lot of attention from fans. Amidst the excitement, a heartwarming incident took place. Although he was unable to participate in the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open due to entry restrictions for the United States. However, this has allowed him to indulge in his love for basketball and attend the game in Belgrade.
As one of Serbia’s beloved icons, Novak Djokovic was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd, to which he reciprocated by waving and mouthing “thank you”. During halftime, Djokovic took to the court to interact with some kids. This unsurprisingly caused a frenzy as everyone wanted a handshake or a selfie with the sporting legend.
In the midst of the chaos, Djokovic discreetly handed something to one of the children. It was later revealed that the tennis great had misplaced his credit card and the young individual had returned it to the 35-year-old. Novak Djokovic is presently gearing up for the clay-court season, which he will inaugurate with the Monte-Carlo Masters beginning on April 9 in Monaco.
The Serbian tennis player had previously pulled out of the Sunshine Double tournament after his request for entry into the United States was declined due to his unvaccinated status. Having last played at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February, the current world No. 2 has yet to announce his participation in the Madrid Open and Italian Open. However, these two tournaments are typically critical for his preparation for the French Open.
Novak Djokovic focuses on the upcoming clay season
Goran Ivanisevic, Djokovic’s coach is optimistic that if things go as planned, Djokovic can compete against 14-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal for this year’s title. Djokovic was permitted to participate in the Australian Open this year, and he demonstrated to his fans what they had missed out on in 2022 by winning his 10th Australian Open title.
Unfortunately, due to his unvaccinated status, the Serbian tennis player was unable to compete in the Sunshine Double tournament. Speaking recently about his preparations, Ivanisevic said, “The most important thing is to stay healthy and to prepare really well physically. Of course, our main focus is Roland Garros, he needs to be ready to give it his all there.”
Nadal is also returning to the clay season after suffering an injury during the Australian Open earlier this year. Unlike Djokovic, he hasn’t played a single match since his second-round defeat in Melbourne Park. It will be exciting to see the two best players return to the court.