After completing a historic title triumph at Miami, Novak Djokovic was all set to begin his quest for the elusive French Open trophy missing from his glittering cabinet. He entered Monte Carlo as, let’s say the only contender. But he made sure that the tennis world was buzzing a new name, Jiri Vesely, by the end of Wednesday evening- getting knocked out at the hands of this 55th ranked Czech.
Yes, you read that right, Novak Djokovic has been knocked out. And this has got everyone’s eyes rolling on the 22-year-old lefty from Czech Republic.
Here’s everything you need to know about the man who notched up the win of his life.
He started playing tennis at the age of 4, against a wall, after watching his father play, who himself is a tennis coach. After turning a pro in 2009, Vesely went on to win a Doubles Gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 as well as the Boys’ Singles title at the Australian Open, in 2011. Then two years later, he broke in the Top 100 and became the youngest player, at 20 years and 3 months old and was presented with the ATP Star Of Tomorrow award.
Vesely’s first appearance at a Grand Slam, in the main draw, came at French Open in 2013 and a year later, reached two singles finals at ATP World Tour, winning his first title at Auckland. His best showings at majors, were at Wimbledon (2014) and US Open (2015), reaching the third round on both occasions.
Jiri idealizes Roger Federer and countryman Tomas Berdych and has taken giant strides already in his short career. At 22, standing 6 feet 6 inches tall, this powerful left-hander is surely someone to keep an eye on as the season unfolds.
“It’s the dream of every single player to beat a World No. 1,” said an astonished Vesely after accomplishing what seemed an alien thing to do – cracking the Serbian enigma.
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