Novak Djokovic, who just won his 19th Grand Slam title during the French Open on Sunday, gave away the racket he was playing with to one of his young fans sitting courtside. As Djokovic walked up to the fan and handed him the racket, the boy was left in complete disbelief and could not hold back tears of joy.
Later during a press conference, Djokovic expressed how he felt overwhelmed after seeing the fan cheering for him throughout the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas. He said, “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”.
“He was like, ‘Hold your serve, get an easy first ball, then dictate, go to his backhand.’ He was coaching me literally. I found that very cute, very nice. So I felt like giving 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,” added the now 19 time Grand Slam champion.
Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thrilling five-set encounter at Court Philippe-Chatrier. Djokovic won after being two sets down, clinching the match 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. After winning this title, Djokovic is only one Grand Slam title away from joint-record holders Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, both of whom have 20 titles.