WATCH: When Novak Djokovic Won Hearts With Great Gesture to Kid During Cincinnati Open

Published 10/04/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one of the most successful players in the history of this sport. He has won many honors in the game and has been the most dominant player in recent years of the sport. In fact, in the last decade, he has won 19 Grand Slam titles. 

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Recently, a clip of Djokovic surfaced from the 2019 edition of the Cincinnati Masters 2019. During the tournament, the Serbian ace called upon a young boy and asked him to sit on the players’ seats. He even put a towel on the seat for the young boy so that he could sit comfortably.

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Novak Djokovic reveals his soft side 

It was a great gesture by Djokovic and it has not been the first time he has done something like that. In the past, he called upon the ball boy who was holding the umbrella during the rain break. Novak called the boy and asked him to have a seat beside him and took the umbrella from the boy’s hand, holding it himself. 

Even during the French Open and Wimbledon Championships this season, he gave his racquet to a child who was sitting in the crowds. These acts were highly appreciated by the crowds. In Paris, the young boy was avidly supporting him throughout the entire match. His support was noticed by Novak and after the match, he gave him his racquet as a token of appreciation. 

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Coming to his 2021 season, Djokovic won the Australian Open and then followed it by winning the titles at the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships. After winning the title in England, he equaled Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles each. 

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Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot against Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Djokovic was about to do the unthinkable in 2021

Novak had an extraordinary 2021 season; he was within touching distance of achieving the Calendar Grand Slam. However, he was stopped by Medvedev at the US Open. He would’ve become the first man to achieve the feat since Rod Laver in 1969.

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The Serbian ace won a lot of support from the crowds and he acknowledged the good reception he received at US Open. Over the years, Djokovic has grown from the target of boos and jeers to a crowd favorite. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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