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Novak Djokovic Gives French Open 2021-winning Racquet to Boy for Coaching Him Right

Novak Djokovic gives his match-winning racquet to a boy fan. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Novak Djokovic gives his match-winning racquet to a boy fan. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Novak Djokovic said he gave his French Open 2021-winning racquet to the boy as "gratitude for sticking with me".

Novak Djokovic gave away his French Open-winning racquet to a young boy, whose elation on receiving the racquet knew no bounds. Djokovic said he gifted his racquet to the boy for “giving me the right tactics". The world number one claimed a 19th Grand Slam title and became the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice when he came from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. At the end of the four-hour and 11-minute final, the 34-year-old Djokovic handed his racquet to the youngster who was then pictured on TV jumping for joy and in shock at the gesture.

“He was in my ear the entire match basically, especially when I was two sets to love down. He was encouraging me. He was actually giving me tactics, as well," said Djokovic.

“He was like, ‘Hold your serve, get an easy first ball, then dictate, go to his backhand.’ He was coaching me literally.

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“I found that very cute, very nice. So I felt like to give the racquet to the best person was him after the match. That was kind of my gratitude for him sticking with me and supporting me."

Fans were quick to praise the gesture from the 19-time Grand Slam champion and said the kid would remember this moment forever.

Djokovic is now just one Grand Slam title away from matching the record for the most Grand Slam titles, jointly owned by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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first published:June 14, 2021, 10:59 IST