World No. 1 Novak Djokovic shares an interesting relationship with Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios. Moreover, it has been the Australian player who has never left a stone unturned when it came to ticking the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Recently, there has been a lot Novak Djokovic is dealing with. He got his visa canceled for the second time yesterday. The Australian Open 2022 begins on Monday and his future to compete in the tournament is still uncertain.
Novak Djokovic receives support from an unexpected ATP player
Shockingly, Kyrgios has revealed his softer side and has spoken in favor of the Serb. He felt that Novak has been treated in an incorrect manner. While doing a podcast, he made an interesting revelation if Djokovic wins gets to compete and manages to win the title for the 10th time.
The former Grand Slam quarterfinalist spoke on this and stated, “I’m going to walk Melbourne park with my Idemo shirt on. I want to walk around wearing Novak’s mask on.”
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In recent times, Nick has been one of the biggest critics of the World No. 1 player. There have been many incidents like Novak partying during a pandemic in 2020, and he even poked fun by emulating the trademark Djokovic celebration during last year’s Australian Open.
However, whenever Novak was asked to respond to those incidents and comments made by the Australian player, he has chosen to not respond.
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic rests at Melbourne Park as questions remain over the legal battle regarding his visa to play in the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 13, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
The World No. 1 could begin in a title defense on Monday
If all goes well for the Serb, he will be facing fellow compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round to begin defending his title in Melbourne. On the other hand, Kyrgios will be up against British player Liam Broady in the first round.
The Australian Open 2022 begins on the 17th of January and will end on the 30th of January. It will be interesting to see which players manage to end up winning the first Grand Slam title of the year.