Barcelona star Nikola Mirotic was delighted to meet Novak Djokovic in Belgrade on Tuesday as he shared a moment with the Serbian tennis star. World No. 1 Djokovic attended a EuroLeague game between Red Star Belgrade and Barcelona.
Djokovic received the standing ovation when he was introduced to the crowd. After helping Barcelona secure victory over Red Star, Mirotic approached Djokovic and the two shared a moment. Mirotic tweeted after the game: "I always look forward to your victories and our meetings, wherever in the world.
Novak, thanks for the support!"
Djokovic kicks off his preparations in Belgrade
"Preparations have begun. It's all going well so far," Djokovic told B92 after the Red Star and Barcelona game. Djokovic has been refusing to reveal his vaccination status but he signed up to play the Australian Open.
Also, Djokovic's name appeared on the entry list for the ATP Cup. However, signing up for the Australian Open doesn't neccessarily mean that Djokovic will indeed play at Melbourne park. Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge believes Djokovic signing up for the ATP Cup and Australian Open is a good sign that he will come to Australia.
"Well the fact is he’s on the Australian Open entry list,” Woodbridge said on 9 News. “And of course he’s also in the ATP Cup in Sydney in the first tournament of the New Year. “If he passes [the criteria] then he will be able to play.
There’s so much speculation at this point that he needs to answer those questions first. “If he does pass those, I think it’s fantastic that we’re going to have the world number one back in Australia.
“But, he has to do what every other traveller does when they come into Australia. “It’s not about entitled tennis players or tennis players in general. It’s about what every other person has to do, and that’s what he has to do”.