Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz found time to visit a children's hospital in Nur-Sultan and put smiles on the faces of the little ones. On Monday, Djokovic and Alcaraz visited the center for autism in Nur-Sultan. The Astana Open released a video of their visit, showing Djokovic and Alcaraz playing with the children, taking a look at their drawings and generally doing their best to put a smile on the little ones' faces.
Djokovic has a foundation and has always been open and willing to promote a good cause. On the other hand, Alcaraz - who is the new world number 1 in tennis - also does his best to lead by example. Djokovic has received a lot of criticism this year, especially for his stance on vaccines.
While Djokovic was in Israel for the Tel Aviv Open, he reflected on the media image of him during a conversation with Guy Azriel of i24NEWS. "I stay true to my values and the things that I believe in, and I believe in freedom of choice and I believe that everyone should have the ability to choose what they want to do with their body, so I made my decision," Djokovic said.
No. 9 Hurkacz and No. 10 Fritz can top the Canadian's 2,860 points. Hurkacz (2,680) would need to reach the final in Astana. The Pole made a good debut beating the Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo in Kazakhstan to meet the local figure Alexander Bublik or the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in the second round.
Djokovic won in Tel Aviv
Novak Djokovic recently opened up about the ordeal he has gone through this year amid the vaccination controversy. "I stay true to my values and to things that I believe in and I believe in freedom of choice and I believe that everyone should have possibility to choose what they would to do their bodies, so I made my decision," Djokovic said.
Djokovic also shed some light on the difficulties he faced at the hands of the media. He stated that he was "unfortunate" to go through such times, and also accused the media of not being "very nice" to him.
"On the other hand you know that the spotlight that you mentioned unfortunately this year it created a lot of negative spotlight," the Serb said. "The media has not been very nice to me, but I kind of expected it because the media is not always so nice when there is an agenda in terms of strategy."