“Good That You Chose Car Racing Instead of Tennis”: Novak Djokovic Appreciates Lewis Hamilton Tennis T-Shirt

Published 04/03/2021, 3:26 AM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts in his men’s final match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day eight of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sports carry a universal appeal, and the bond made through mutual respect and kind words between athletes of different sports is traditional. That is why when racing legend Lewis Hamilton shared a childhood picture of him wearing a tennis t-shirt, tennis World No. 1 Novak Djokovic responded with admiration.


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Along with the Serbian ace, Serena Williams‘ coach Patrick Mouratoglou also expressed his view on the t-shirt. In actuality, Lewis Hamilton, the record-equaling seven-time World Drivers’ Championship winner, had other ideas for the picture.

The Mercedes driver shared his childhood photo because the same image is a part of the design on his upcoming t-shirts. However, the tennis stars spotted the drawing of a tennis racket on it and commented immediately.


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Novak Djokovic comments on Lewis Hamilton’s tennis t-shirt

Novak Djokovic, 33, is inarguably one of the greatest athletes in the world. But when he spotted a tennis racket on Lewis Hamilton’s childhood t-shirt, he thanked him for choosing a career besides tennis.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Loren Elliott

“I love the t shirt you got on your photo as a boy. By the way, good that you chose car racing instead of tennis. Otherwise, we all would be in trouble,” Djokovic said.

Patrick also had a similar take on the adorable snap. However, he chose to appreciate Hamilton’s parents’ choice. He wrote, “Nice t shirt as a kid! Your parents have a good taste for sport.”

The Instagram post also shows Hamilton’s iconic transformation from a child to a racing legend. Now, fans of the racer will be eager to get their hands on the new line of t-shirts. 

Meanwhile, in another part of the world, Djokovic is busy playing with his wife and son at the Monte-Carlo Masters.


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Which tournament will Djokovic play next?


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After a glorious record-extending win at the Australian Open 2021, Djokovic will play at the Monte-Carlo Masters, starting April 11. His arch-rival and the ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal will also join him there.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a training session at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Thus, it is fair to say that the next few months on red dirt will create magical tennis moments again. How excited are you for the coming clay-court season?


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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.