Hugh Jackman Imitates Novak Djokovic at US Open Stadium

Published 11/11/2021, 5:00 AM EST
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)


“Wolverine” Hugh Jackman is one of the biggest fans of tennis ace Novak Djokovic. That is why on his visit to the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City, where the US Open takes place annually, he imitated the Serbian World No.1. Interestingly, the Australian actor also got to hold and kiss the US Open championship trophy.

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Previously, Jackman had challenged Djokovic to a tennis match on Twitter. Besides, he frequently follows the Serbian ace’s tennis career; Jackman also congratulated Djokovic on winning his 20th Grand Slam title in Wimbledon this year. So how could “the Greatest Showman” actor forget his favorite player at the biggest tennis stadium in the world?

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Hugh Jackman imitates Novak Djokovic at the US Open

The Hollywood star felt the nerves as he walked through the door and onto the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Jackman also read the famous Billie Jean King quote inscribed at the entrance, “Pressure is a privilege.”

Fascinatingly, the 53-year-old actor posted the video on his official Instagram account. He captioned it, “Thank you, Jay and Kelly, for the most awesome afternoon ever!”

In addition to the video, Jackman also uploaded a roaring picture in his Instagram story. Although he tried to imitate Novak Djokovic, he admitted that it was “not exactly” like the Serbian ace.

The 34-year-old tennis star had history on stake at the US Open this year. Though he reached the finals, Djokovic couldn’t complete the Calendar Grand Slam as he lost to Daniil Medvedev. Funnily enough, Jackman did his bit in the Arthur Ashe stadium.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will one day accept Jackman’s proposal for a tennis match. Indeed, it is a day many fans in the world would want to happen soon.

Where will Djokovic play next in 2021?

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Following the US Open loss, Djokovic went straight back to business, clinching a record-extending sixth Paris Masters title. Along with that, he became a record-breaking seventh-time year-end World No.1 player.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the trophy and celebrates winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

From here on, the Serbian ace will travel to Turin to compete at the season-ending ATP Finals. Even there, he will aim to win a record-equalling sixth year-ending finale.

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Above all, Djokovic has had one of his most successful seasons this year, and Jackman would have enjoyed witnessing every moment. Let’s see whether the Serbian ace ends his 2021 year on a winning note or not.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior 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 1000 tennis articles.

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