In a beautiful dance of sliding and swaying under the Paris sun, Novak Djokovic claimed the most important victory of his tennis career — the 2023 French Open title. But that isn’t just any victory. It’s the one that made history. Now, The Joker is the only tennis player to have won 23 Grand Slam titles. When everyone had written him off, he took his best game to Paris. And won with only two sets lost throughout the tournament.
It Didn’t Come Easy
Although he won the final against Norway’s No. 1 Casper Ruud in three straight sets, the road to victory was far from easy for Nole. The semi-final saw what many considered the ‘unofficial final’ between Djokovic and the then world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in an epic face-off. The players were stretched to their limit, offering their best tennis in the first two sets before Alcaraz started receiving intense muscle cramps that led to him losing the match 3-1 sets. Despite being 16 years his senior, Djokovic made a loud statement with his impeccable game that day — it ain’t over yet.
At the final, the stakes were high for The Joker. Facing both a great opponent and the weight of the occasion, he had a lot to lose. And although it took him 23 minutes to win his first game in the opening set, he powered through, offering fans a true tennis feast.
A Tennis Masterclass by Novak Djokovic
The whole 2023 French Open Tournament can best be described as a masterclass in resilience, focus, and determination by Novak Djokovic. He played 55 points in tiebreakers and committed zero unforced errors in doing so. Not only that but with his victory, he became the first man to with the so-called “Triple Slam” — winning each major at least three times.
What’s ahead for The Joker? Although 36 was once considered ‘old age’ in sports, players like Tom Brady (who was in Djokovic’s box at the final) prove that’s far from true. Who knows, 23 may not be the end for Novak Djokovic, but merely a victory along the long road ahead.
Novak Djokovic may be one of the undisputed kings on the tennis court, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a human being like all of us. While walking his dog on the streets of Belgrade last week, he proved once more why he’s not just a great tennis player, but a great man too.
Djokovic Outside the Tennis Court
Although he may seem calm and collected on the court, Novak is actually a great prankster, a lover of fun, a family man, and someone who holds charity and community work in the highest regard. So, when kids stopped him on the street of Belgrade while he was walking his dog, he did what any good man would – he stopped to give them a free tennis lesson.
A young boy took out a tennis racket and had a one-on-one lesson with the world No. 1. Nole helped the boy practice his forehand, giving him proper posture tips and evaluating his swing. Novak would make a great coach, judging by his encouraging and to-the-point lesson. Wouldn’t you want to trade places with the boy? We sure would!
Not the First Time Novak Helps Kids
You may not know this, but the notorious tennis player actually founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which is an organization that helps fund early childhood education and other programs for youth development in his home country Serbia and abroad. His devotion to giving back is inspiring, and the outcome of his charitable efforts is evident.
What’s Ahead for the World No. 1
Nole fans will be able to enjoy his play for two more tournaments this season, namely the ones in Vienna and the notorious ATP Finals in London in late November. In an earlier interview, Djokovic said he hopes to finish this “pretty strange season” in the first position in the ATP ranking. He continued by saying that all travel restrictions and quarantine rules imposed on the tournaments have left him pretty exhausted on a mental level, and he has to recharge the batteries.