Djokovic breaks down in tears in emotional day own in the charity event


Emotional, Novak Djokovic could not hold back the tears while hosting a charity event at its tennis complex by the Danube, on Sunday.Although the world number one missed Sunday Adria final Round, in which Dominic Thiem beat Serbian Filip Krajinovic 4-3 2-4 4-2, the event has rekindled a lot of memories for the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who has organized the international exhibition of tennis remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was very moved in the court today. Childhood memories started flooding back, including those of the growth on these courts and play here as a young boy, ” the 33-year-old told reporters after being cheered by a 4, 000 capacity crowd.

“I was upset and those were tears of joy after the game.

“I try to give back where I come from and be aware of my childhood and of my education. This tennis has been the epicenter of people from my childhood come together for this tournament, including my former coaches. They were all here. ”

Djokovic beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev, Sunday, in his final round robin match, but was unable to find his place in the final after both players and Krajinovic finished with 2-1 win-loss records and an identical 5-3 difference in their section.

Krajinovic, who stunned Djokovic on Saturday, pressed by the bias on the basis of having the best games of the differential between the three.

However, he was powerless to stop Thiem in the final.

“This tournament was for a good cause and we all gave our best,” Thiem said after finishing the weekend with a 100% success record.

“A lot of high quality matches in a good atmosphere, in front of a crowded room, so it was a perfect weekend.

“A very big thank you to everyone, including Novak and his team, you all made my first trip to Serbia a very special one. ”

The eight-man tournament featured a more streamlined format than what is seen on the main tour, with sets reduced to best-of-seven games.

The second stage of the tour will take place in Croatia from the seaside resort of Zadar next weekend.

The third step due to the Montenegro, on 27 and 28 June has been cancelled on Saturday on the coronavirus concerns and the last step is to define for Bosnia Banja Luka on 3 and 4 July.


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