‘What would stand out the most about Novak Djokovic is…’, says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic won his second Roland Garros just over a week ago, posting the 19th Grand Slam of his exceptional career. The world number 1 offered a masterful performance over the two weeks in Paris, eliminating him Majesty Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and recovering two sets from Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last act. The Serbian star will not have much time to recharge his batteries, given the week less this year separates the French Open from Wimbledon. The declared goal of the 34-year-old from Belgrade is to achieve the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ in 2021, a feat that would have a resounding presence in the Open Era. To refine his preparation a week before the start of the Championships, Nole received a wild card for the doubles draw in Mallorca. Alongside him is longtime friend Carlos Gomez-Herrera, whom he met for the first time in Spain almost ten years ago. Just before taking the field against duo Tomislav Brkic-Nikola Cacic, Gomez-Herrera explained how it feels to be called upon by a legend like Djokovic.

The Serb is partnering long-time friend Carlos Gomez-Herrera

“I had already planned to come to the tournament to see if I would enter the previous one. Novak Djokovic called me from Paris to ask me if I wanted to play with him,” Carlos Gomez-Herrera told MARCA. “For me it is a gift to play with Djokovic because you do not play every day with someone like him.” The Spaniard said the one quality that stood out in the 19-time Grand Slam champion was his transparency. “I think the first time I trained with him was in 2010. When I met him in Madrid I didn’t even know who he was,” the 31-year-old said. “What would stand out the most about Nole is how transparent he is: what you see is what he is.” Gomez-Herrera pointed out that the Serb only had the players’ best interests in mind. “He is doing something that nobody had done, which is to give visibility to a group of players who do not have it,” Gomez-Herrera added. Every year, tennis fans wait for the end of June as it brings them the most-anticipated tennis tournament, Wimbledon Championships. Starting on June 28, 2021, the revered grass-court event is making a comeback after being called off last year due to the worldwide pandemic. 2020 marked the first time since World War II that the iconic sporting event was canceled. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will cover the 134th edition of the Championships. Also, former tennis professional Sue Baker, CBE, would be the lead presenter of the revered grass tournament. Notably, she won 27 titles, including singles and doubles, during her tennis career.


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