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.
Recently, Australia’s Ellyse Perry was named the women’s cricketer of the decade by the International Cricket Council. In addition to this honor, Perry was also acclaimed as the ICC’s One Day International female player of the decade. Steve Smith won the men’s Test player of the decade award, and Indian captain Virat Kohli got the award for overall men’s player of the decade. Kohli was given the One Day International men’s’ player of the decade award, and Afghani spinner Rashid Khan took the T20 equivalent.
Ellyse Perry Dominated the Decade With Her Score and Performance
Australian star Ellyse Perry was hailed as the dominant female cricket player for the past decade because of her incredible scores and achievements. The ICC looked at the time frame from 2011 to 2020, during which Perry took 213 wickets and scored 4,349 runs in all international formats. Hailing from New South Wales, she also managed to win the T20 World Cup four times in that period. Moreover, she is a member of Australia’s triumphant 2013 ODI World Cup team.
In an interview, Ellyse Perry said she felt incredibly honored to receive such recognition, especially given how many other players performed great in the game for the past ten years. Thinking back to when she started, she remarked that it had been both an amazing experience and a privilege to play for her country and to do something that she absolutely loves.
Ellyse Perry Said Cricket Had Gone a Long Way In the Past Decade
Perry spoke about the developments in cricket during the past ten years. She said it had been an amazing thing to be a part of and that the game had progressed significantly in the last decade, especially for women’s cricket. She also noted that considerable development had occurred in all formats of the game and across every part of the world.
Steve Smith managed to get the men’s Test player award for scoring 7,040 Test runs, featuring 28 half-centuries and 26 centuries in the time frame. Kohli, who is a skipper from India, got the overall men’s award for his score of 20,396 runs in the time frame, including 66 tons and 94 half-centuries.