WATCH: Novak Djokovic Comes Out Winner in Mock Fight With Aryna Sabalenka’s Trainer at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/07/2021, 4:21 AM EST
Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic arrives at his first match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner at A Day at The Drive REUTERS/Morgan Sette


Belarussian tennis star Aryna Sabalenka has shared a video of her physical trainer in a mock fight with Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic.

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In the short video of the fun bout that is trending on Twitter, Sabalenka’s trainer, Jason Stacy, is seen bowing to Djokovic as boxers do before throwing mock punches at him.

The Belarussian, who currently sits seventh in the WTA singles rankings, could be heard laughing away in the background.

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When Aryna Sabalenka’s trainer started throwing punches at Novak Djokovic

The fight takes a hilarious turn as the 17-time Grand Slam champion fists his way to Jason’s tummy before lifting him off his feet. The video, shot by Sabalenka herself, is aptly titled “Behind the scenes.

While Djokovic is bidding for an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title this year, Sabalenka will go to battle in the quest of her maiden Grand Slam championship victory. The Belarussian, who suffered a shattering personal loss with the passing of her father last year, will go into the Australian Open on the back of winning the Abu Dhabi WTA.

Aryna Sabalenka will go into the Australian Open on the back of three back-to-back WTA titles

It was her third straight title on the women’s Tour from last year, pointing to her blazing run of form at the minute. Her win at the Abu Dhabi event was preceded by Tour championship victories at Ostrava and Linz.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus waits to return a serve during her Women’s Singles first round match against Oceane Dodin of France on Day Two of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

With her unbeaten run in the Emirates, the 22-year-old Sabalenka extended her winning streak to 15 matches. She dropped just one set on the way to winning the Abu Dhabi title, which was also the ninth of her career.

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Given her run of form, Sabalenka will fancy her chances of opening her Grand Slam account this year and will be counted among the title favorites at the Australian Open.

Sabalenka recently revealed that hiring Dubrov, her former sparring partner, as her full-time coach has had a positive impact on her tennis.

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She said that his inputs helped her fix some flaws in her game and the impact of her association with Dubrov has shown in her recent run of results.

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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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