How did Novak Djokovic make the dream come true for 13-year-old Timua Gordeev in Dubai?

Novak Djokovic is every youngster’s idol; perhaps with more trophies than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he was a superior and far-reaching influence on budding players than anyone else. The Serbian star showed superior power and hit the ball as hard from the baseline as anyone else, and he doesn’t look like a player that will retire anytime soon.

In a season where he exhibited class and quality by breaking records and extending records, winning his seventh Nitto ATP Finals. Furthermore, in preparation for an exhibition game in Dubai, Djokovic fulfilled the dreams of a 13-year-old starlet in the training court.

Novak Djokovic fulfills young fan’s dream

Novak Djokovic is presently in Dubai to continue his technical and athletic preparation for the 2024 tennis season. The Serbian legend traveled with the young countryman (and winner of the Next Gen ATP Finals) Hamad Medjedovic.

The Serbian star once again showed his golden heart and sensitivity during the training sessions in the United Arab Emirates by giving the 13-year-old Timur Gordeev a wonderful day. Djokovic played tennis for a while with Tim Gordeev, at the Rackets Academy Dubai.

The youngster, who is very active on social media, especially on Instagram, has already exceeded 42 thousand followers. The boy, among other things, was always present in the stands during the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai.

Timur’s family wanted to thank Djokovic for his kindness through a fantastic message: “Thank you very much, Novak! Timmy couldn’t sleep that night, knowing that Novak had invited him to hit with him. How important this is for him.Timmy lives for tennis; if he is not playing tennis, he is discussing tennis or watching tennis. Nole, you are a legend! You are the greatest of all time on the court and a great person. You always support and care about everyone around you and are kind and open to all people.”

“We love you very much! May your good deeds return to you with even greater luck! We wish you a great season!”

Novak Djokovic will face Carlos Alcaraz in an exhibition event, at the Riyadh Season Tennis Cup, on December 27. This will be the first unofficial commitment for the 36-year-old this season. His main goal still remains winning the 11th Australian Open of his amazing career, which would also be his 25th Major.

ATP denies Djokovic multi-million-dollar

Novak Djokovic finished the 2023 season as world no. 1, winning three of the four Grand Slams. He was at the top of the prize money list but missed out on a big bonus due to strict ATP rules. The Serbian pulled off one of the most remarkable campaigns of his illustrious career this past year and has been regarded as the greatest of all time.

The only Grand Slam defeat that came to Novak Djokovic was at Wimbledon, where he lost in a five-set thriller to Carlos Alcaraz. At the US Open, the Serbian superstar won a record-tying 24th major before securing his year-end world No. 1 ranking at the ATP Finals.

His extraordinary season saw Novak Djokovic finish on top of the ATP prize money standings with reported earnings of $15.9 million. That put him just above Alcaraz, who earned $15.1 million in 2023, with Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner also earning above $10 million, respectively.

Nole missed the Indian Wells and Miami Masters due to the US not allowing unvaccinated foreigners to enter the country at the time. He was also absent from the Madrid Open, Canadian Open, and Shanghai Masters, playing in only four of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments. The strict ATP rules denying Djokovic his part of the bonus payment didn’t sit well with some tennis fans, who aimed at the sport’s governing body.

What do you think of Novak’s nice gesture? Tell us in the comments section.

Victor Okechukwu

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