“I Am in Awe of This”: Novak Djokovic Draws Inspiration From Paralympic Legend Ibrahim Hamadtou

Published 08/29/2021, 6:59 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 13: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates as he holds the trophy after winning his Men’s Singles Final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during Day Fifteen of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 13, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The US Open 2021 is just a day away and in the meantime, fans are enjoying some great sporting events at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Interestingly, World No.1 Novak Djokovic is also watching the tournament and taking inspiration from the Para athletes.

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In one of his recent Instagram stories, Novak Djokovic shared a reel in which one can see Egyptian legend, Ibrahim Hamadtou, who plays table tennis by holding the racquet from his mouth. Surprisingly, he played a really great shot and won that point in the reel.

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“Amazing. I am in awe of this Ibrahim Hamadtou,” wrote Djokovic in the caption of his Instagram story.

Hamadtou lost both his arms in a train accident when he was just a child. However, he never lost hope and tried to play table tennis using his mouth. As he doesn’t have hands, he serves with the help of his foot.

Intriguingly, Hamadtou has won two silver medals at the African Para Table Tennis Championships. He is 48-years-old right now but is still playing some top-class table tennis. As a result, he is not just an inspiration for Nole but for everyone.

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Novak Djokovic can create history at the US Open 2021

After winning three Grand Slam titles in 2021, Djokovic will be playing for his Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021. If he succeeds there, he will become the first player in the 21th century to accomplish the feat. Before him, only 11-time Grand Slam champion, Rod Laver, has achieved the feat in the Open Era in the men’s domain.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

If Djoker lifts the US Open 2021 title, he will also become the first male player to win 21 Grand Slams in the Open Era. With this, he will also surpass both his arch-rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam tally.

Novak Djokovic will begin his US Open 2021 campaign against Holger Rune on September 1, 2021. Fans have really high expectations from him and want him to deliver some amazing performances there. It will be intriguing to see how far he reaches in New York this year.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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