Novak Djokovic Beats Fans Hands Down in Push-Up Challenge in Australian Open 2021 Bubble

Published 01/28/2021, 6:41 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his Semi Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland on Day 6 of the Rolex Paris Masters on November 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)


Defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic engaged in a push-up competition with some of his fans and beat them hands down.

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The 17-time Grand Slam winner was out on the balcony of his hotel in Adelaide, greeting some fans gathered outside when a few of them challenged him to a push-up competition.

When Novak Djokovic did 34 push-ups to take his fans down

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Not one to miss out on some fun, especially during the ongoing dour quarantine stay, Djokovic accepted the challenge.

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)

In a video of the challenge that has gone viral, one of the fans is heard telling Djokovic, “We do one and then you do one”, to which the Serb replies, ‘Alright’.

The fans went first, taking off their T-shirts and getting on all-fours before producing 10 clean push-ups on the count.

With a member of his entourage for company, the Serb then got down to the task. With his fans wide-eyed and rapt in admiration, Djokovic eased past 10 push-ups and eventually finished at 34. He then flashed a smile and a thumbs-up at the star-struck fans, as they hooted and cheered lustily.

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Also, the founder and chief of the Professional Tennis Players’ Association, Djokovic recently wrote to Tennis Australia seeking a measure of leeway in the strict quarantine rules.

The matter soon blew up into a major controversy as the Serb drew flak for seeking quarantine privileges at a time the country and the world, at large, are still wrestling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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However, Djokovic issued a statement, clarifying that he had not asked for any privileges for himself but only spoken up for the players who have been forced into hard quarantine without the option of practice after some crew members in their chartered flights tested COVID positive.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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