Story By: Sofija Dizdarevik, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
This is the moment tennis ace Novak Djokovic takes time out of his busy schedule to spend time with his five-year-old son and other children.
The video was taken at the Dubai Open as Djokovic, 32, eyes up another title after winning the Australian Open for a record eighth time earlier this year.
The Serbian superstar took time out of his busy schedule to spend some quality time with his five-year-old son Stefan and other young tennis fans.
The video shows the moment Djokovic and Stefan walk up the court from the baseline alongside each other as they both balance a tennis ball on their rackets.
They both walk up to the service line before turning around and walking back to where they started as another group of youngsters await their turn.
Djokovic can be heard saying “go, go, go” after arriving at the baseline and passing another kid the tennis ball who then repeats the same move, apparently having a race.
The video had the caption: “@djokernole playing a little game with these young tennis enthusiasts.”
Djokovic spoke with local media yesterday (Monday) and said: “Stefan is now five and a half years and he understands a little bit more why I am absent from home.
“I am thrilled, obviously, when I am able to have him in the stands. He likes playing tennis, but I am not pushing or forcing anything really. It happens spontaneously.”
When asked about Stefan’s favourite tennis player, Djokovic said: “I have not asked him yet. He hasn’t really stated who his favourite player is. I don’t know, it would be a wild guess.”
Djokovic married his wife Jelena, 33, in 2014 shortly before Stefan’s birth in that same year. The couple also has a two-year-old daughter named Tara.
He is currently participating in the Dubai Open. He advanced to the Round of 16 after beating Tunisian tennis player Malek Jaziri, 36, in two sets (6-1, 6-2).
He is set to play German tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber, 36, ranked world number 80, tomorrow (Wednesday).
Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles and is the first Serbian player to be ranked as the world number one by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
He is currently ranked as the world number one in men’s singles tennis by the ATP after winning his record eighth Australian Open, the most any tennis player has won in the tournament’s history.
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