USA TODAY amazed by Novak Djokovic

World tennis No. 1, Novak Djokovic, is the superstar of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Source: B92, M.S.
Photo: Tanjug/AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Photo: Tanjug/AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Olympians from all countries and sports approach Novak to talk, take photos, and even take some of the equipment from him, which does not bother the Serbian ace at all, although it can be hard.

However, Djokovic hangs out with everyone in the village, from Belgian gymnasts, through South American athletes, to giving advice to Serbian and Turkish Olympians.

This is exactly what the respected American "USA Today" wrote about in the text by the author Dan Wolken entitled: "Tennis star Novak Djokovic may just be the most popular man in the Olympic Village in Tokyo".

"Maybe"? There is no dilemma. We will share parts of that article.

"One minute, he’s doing the splits alongside a gymnast from Belgium. The next he’s chatting it up with Brazilian volleyball players, eating with a Mexican weightlifter and doling out advice to a cadre of Olympians from Turkey. Based on social media posts from his first few days in Tokyo, world tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic may just be the most popular man in the Olympic Village. And it seems he’s more than willing to oblige his fellow athletes with selfies, conversations and stretching techniques", Wolken starts.

Djokovic differs from many stars in that, since he can be in a nearby luxury hotel, but he chose to stay in the Olympic Village.

"Djokovic is not just any athlete. He has won 20 Grand Slam titles, tying him with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most all time. He has made more than $150 million in just on-court earnings over the course of his career. He’s likely going to go down as the best player in the history of the game and is arguably the most famous person on a worldwide scale in the entire Olympic Village", US journalist wrote, and then "made a point".

"Under those circumstances, it would be easier for Djokovic to spend his time here locked up in a fancy hotel where he could have privacy. After all, the primary reason he’s here is to add a gold medal to the three major titles he’s won this year and become the first man ever to win the so-called Golden Slam if he could add the U.S. Open too", he said.

It is added that Novak enjoys the attention...

"But based on more than dozen photos and videos that have popped up on Instagram and Twitter from the last few days, the opposite seems to be true. Djokovic might be the most accessible, approachable superstar at the Games", it is being concluded.

"And he appears to truly relish the opportunity – not just to be part of the Serbian team but to experience something different from life on the tennis tour where players and their coaching teams are largely secluded from each other", Wolken pointed out.

Djokovic continues the competition at the Olympics on Monday around nine o'clock CET, when he meets Jan-Lennard Struff.


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