“You Didn’t See My Dog”: When Maria Sharapova Barged Into Novak Djokovic’s Press Conference

Published 10/04/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Tennis Players Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova attend the unveil the latest collection from HEAD at the The Benjamin Hotel on August 24, 2011 in New York City.


Over the years, Novak Djokovic has transformed the game in a unique way. The defensive skills displayed by him are one of his strongest weapons. His ability to transform defense into an attack is second to none. This technique has helped him reach record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles.  

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Recently, an old clip of Novak Djokovic went viral. It was during one of his press conferences at the Wimbledon Championships in 2012. Interestingly, former champion Maria Sharapova crashed into the conversation between the Serb and the media. 

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As Djokovic was responding, Sharapova entered the press room. When she entered, Novak was already on the last question which was about his dog, he stated, “We have a little dog here with us and it’s a little fluffy toy poodle and it’s four years old and it’s cute, there’s a candy”. He then addressed Sharapova directly and said, “You know, you have a dog, you saw it, no? You didn’t see my dog?”

The Russian star, who was off screen, responded affirmatively and added that Nole’s dog is really small. 

Novak Djokovic wishes for three passports for Pierre 

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During the talk, Novak mentioned that he and his wife had brought their pet dog, Piere. That’s when Sharapova entered and they shared a light conversation. He also showed his amusing side by stating that his dog will get three passports because of his multicultural heritage. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 21: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point in his Men’s Singles Final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during day 14 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

He was then asked about the dog’s name and he responded, “His name is Pierre, a French name, bought in Germany and we consider him Serbian so he has a little bit of everything. Three passports.” A reporter further asked Nole if Pierre was gluten-free and the Serb said, “he definitely is, yes, he has to go along with his daddy thank you.”

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Djokovic decided to withdraw from the Indian Wells Masters, which begin today. Hopefully, we will see Nole back in action before the 2021 season wraps up. 

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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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