Novak Djokovic Responds to NBA Star Trae Young Who Says He is Cold

Published 09/07/2021, 11:15 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks to the media after winning his third round match against Alejandro Davidovich of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar


The star of the show, Novak Djokovic, is enjoying his time in New York, both on and off the courts. Notably, the Serb gears up for an enticing quarter-final clash against fellow Wimbledon finalist, Matteo Berrettini. However, before setting out once again on his quest for greatness, he takes some time off to a little basketball banter. Thanks to his most recent success, he’s earned himself some NBA fans.

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Only yesterday, Novak Djokovic took on America’s Jenson Brooksby in an exciting round 4 match-up. From an upset scare to an emphatic win, the game had drama and dazzling tennis at its peak. However, as Novak beat the American kid and marched further into the tournament, he set himself up for yet another intense challenge.

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Notably, before donning the court yet again, he recently took to his Twitter, replying to his new fanbase in the NBA.

Everyone’s a ‘Novak Djokovic’ fan

Novak’s remarkable performance has earned him an American NBA star as a fan too. Point guard for the Atlanta Hawks, 22-year-old Trae Young, is probably considering a career switch. Taking to his Twitter, he exclaimed his new profound love for tennis, courtesy of the US Open action. He said, Starting to become a Tennis fan & watching every morning now.”

To his good luck, he caught the attention of two Serbians, one of whom questioned him about his favorite player. With the World No. 1 soon joining in on the conversation alongside Bogdan Bogdanović, Trae had quite the description for Novak. 

Novak put on a stellar performance against Jenson Brooksby, for a spot in the quarter-finals of the US Open. Notably, he came past a huge upset scare with the American winning the first-set 1-6. However, living up to his caliber and World No. 1 rank, the Serb showed Jenson who the boss is, beating him in 3 sets on the bounce. The final scoreline read 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

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An enormous task ahead

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Setting himself up for a thrilling quarter-final contest, Novak will now meet Italian maestro Matteo Berrettini. In what is a 2021 Wimbledon final rematch, the stakes are immensely high, with the Serbian legend chasing history in New York.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning his final match alongside Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Steven Paston

All eyes will turn to the Flushing Meadows as the 20-time Grand Slam champion, continues on his pursuit for a Calendar Grand Slam. Carrying forward his remarkable form from an already decorated year, the top seed is the favorite for the title in New York.

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However, with Matteo seeking redemption and a new generation of stars making the headlines, will the veteran hold the fort? Or will he lose the battle to youthful exuberance?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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