Last night the Tennis Hall of Fame ceremony was held in Newport, forced to stop last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are two new members who have been able to take a further step forward in the world of tennis and who have been awarded for the mark they have left grace on their respective careers.
These are Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez. Novak Djokovic's manager signed an incredible feat in 2001, when he managed to win Wimbledon despite access to the main draw he was propitiated by a precious wild card. John McEnroe awarded Ivanisevic.
"Thank you for your words, John," said Ivanisevic at the beginning of his speech. “You have been my idol since I was a child. I have always loved your tennis and you are the reason why I started playing this sport.
I started this wonderful adventure forty years ago in a small neighborhood in Croatia. I'm here in Newport today. I have experienced many emotions over the years; my career has had ups and downs, good times and bad times.
I would like to remember each of my coaches and in particular Bob Brett, who is no longer with us but he is watching us from above. Wimbledon 2001? I will never forget this special tournament and the organizers. I thank them again for the wild card.
I don't know if I deserved it or not at the time, but I'm sure without that success I wouldn't be here today. I dedicate this recognition to all the people who have always supported me, I know how difficult it was to be my fan.
I hope you enjoyed watching my games. Great respect also to our colleagues in the press, we have shared many press conferences together and we have always respected each other. Those I want to thank the most are my parents. Thank you for always being there, for giving me all your love and trust so that I could be successful in life.
I will never be able to thank you enough. I thank my children and my wife: they are everything to me."
The only star missing in Djokovic’s career is an Olympic gold medal
Novak Djokovic is undeniably one of the greatest players to have entered the world of tennis, as proved by his records and titles.
His coach, Marian Vajda, believes that there is no player in the world who can challenge the Serb. His performance at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 proved his coach’s words to be true. After the great maestro, Roger Federer, Djoker has been the only player to dominate the grass court at SW19.
He has won three successive titles at Wimbledon, the most memorable one being in 2019; the two players went neck-to-neck and Djokovic beat Federer in a five-hour classic thriller. “Novak plays intelligent grass court tennis and he has the most experience; he has been excelling on grass for years, which was a big advantage against Berrettini.
For Matteo it was really difficult – in his first Slam final, the opponent was Novak at Wimbledon,” said Vajda.