Novak Djokovic attended a basketball game in his hometown Belgrade on Wednesday and of course there was a lot of fanfare around one of the world’s greatest players, but there were also moments of joy amidst the craziness.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner – an avid basketball fan – is currently on a sideline as he is unable to play in the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open due to entry requirements for the United States, but that has left him some free time to pursue some hoops. in Belgrade.
And on Wednesday he attended local giants Crvena Zvezda’s Euroleague game against Valencia.
Djokovic was one of Serbia’s favorite sons and he received a standing ovation from the people in the stands and he naturally showed his appreciation by waving and saying “thank you”.
In the first half Djokovic went out onto the court and interacted with some of the kids and of course got a little crazy with everyone wanting a handshake or a selfie with the great athlete.
Then in the middle of it all Djokovic slipped something to one of the kids and then it emerged that the great tennis great had lost his credit card and the youngster gave it back to the 35 year old.
If this doesn’t make you smile today, then nothing will.
Djokovic has stepped onto the clay as he prepares to return to action at the Monte-Carlo Masters in mid-April. The world number 2 was last in action at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February.
The Monte-Carlo event will take place on April 17 and Djokovic will compete in the Srpska Open the following week. He has yet to confirm his participation in the Madrid Open and the Italian Open, but those two tournaments have usually been crucial to his preparation for the French Open.
His trainer Goran Ivanisevic believes if everything goes to plan then he can challenge 14-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal for this year’s title.
“The most important thing is to stay healthy and prepare very well physically,” said Ivanisevic. “Of course, our main focus is Roland Garros, he has to be ready to give everything there.
“He can do it. Nadal is the favorite on clay as long as he can walk, but if Novak is mentally ready for it, he can beat anyone.”
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