Daniil Medvedev’s Coach Applauds Novak Djokovic’s Generosity Towards Other Tennis Players

Published 10/06/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 24: Novak Djokovic of Serbia practices with Casper Rudd of Norway before the start of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Apart from his professional career, the World No. 1 is also actively engaged in social projects. The World No. 1 has been a foremost advocate for children’s education and he founded the ‘Novak Djokovic Foundation’ along with his wife, Jelena Djokovic.

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Moreover, Djokovic has also reached out to many tennis players during their difficult times. The Serb offered his support to the Japanese star, Naomi Osaka, when she withdrew from the French Open because of mental health issues. Recently, Daniil Medvedev’s coach, Gilles Cervara, hailed Novak Djokovic for his gesture of reaching out to other tennis players.

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Daniil Medvedev coach’s kind gesture

Gilles Cervara has been coaching Daniil Medvedev since 2017. Cervara has helped Medvedev achieve 13 ATP titles, his maiden Grand Slam, and the World No. 2 ranking.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates winning his round of 32 match against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Recently, during the Indian Wells week, Cervara wore a t-shirt with the caption, “Kiki, coz I care.” The ‘Kiki’ referred to here is Kristijan Schneider, a Croatian trainer who has been struggling with abdominal cancer for months now.

Cervara applauds Novak Djokovic

Later on, Gilles Cervara urged tennis players to help his good friend, Kristijan Schneider, deal with the cost of his treatment. He said, “Move your ass, make a post, make a donation… It’s within everyone’s reach, it’s just a matter of interest. On the circuit, people meet every day smiling at each other, having friendly contact all the time … I want to know if it’s true or if it’s fake.”

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Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks to the crowd during the trophy presentation ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Moreover, he added,” If a member of the tennis world is sick and we know him, are we going to inquire about his health? Are we going to support him, by giving a little money or by being behind him, to get news? Make him feel that he is not alone and that he has the support of the guys he meets every day on the circuit.”

Lastly, Cervara also applauded the efforts of Novak Djokovic for helping other members of the tennis fraternity. He said, “Players like Djokovic did something earlier this year. People have mobilized.”

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Gilles Cervara also thanked the ATP Tour and Coaches committee for their support to Kristijan Schneider. He posted a separate picture on his Instageam to express his gratitude for ATP.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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