“Shaking”: Novak Djokovic Recalls a Unique Fan Experience in Acapulco, Mexico

Published 03/13/2021, 1:20 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No.1 Novak Djokovic is a global star and is very famous. His fans are some of the most die-hard fans in tennis and take the first opportunity to see him play. Thus there was a unique fan experience, the Serbian experienced when he last time played in Acapulco, Mexico.

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In the latest interview, Djokovic was lost for words for Mexico as he received a lot of love and support. While undergoing a practice session during the 2017 Acapulco Open, thousands of fans flooded the stadium to see the Serbian. This was something new for Djokovic.

“I love Mexico, I love Acapulco and I still remember the first time I had the practice session on the center court in Acapulco. I couldn’t believe the amount of people that showed up for the practice session there.”

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Australian Open champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic signs his autograph on a pregnant woman’s belly. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Seeing thousands of people in the stadium just to get a glimpse of a practice session, shook Djokovic. In his vast career where he has played in jam-packed stadiums, Djokovic was overwhelmed to see such a response.

“I mean as much as of an experience that I have playing on the tour for so many years and I never had an issue to play in front of the full stadiums, I was surprised because I didn’t expect that. So I was shaking for the first 30 minutes because I didn’t expect people to show up on the practice session.”

Novak Djokovic loves playing in Mexico!

Thus this showed Djokovic the passion Mexicans have for tennis. He compared the fans in Mexico to the ones in the Balkan region, and he felt at home with so much support.

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“Thousands of people and that had that has shown me and proven to me how much Mexico loves tennis and I can’t wait to come back to Mexico to play.”

However, all didn’t go well for Djokovic on the court in the 2017 Mexican Open. He was beaten in the earlier rounds by Nick Kyrgios. The Serbian would have loved to play the 2021 edition of the Mexican Open starting on Monday. But he is currently unfit and thus has not featured since his Australian Open 2021 triumph.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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