The complicated relationship between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios has turned into a bromance in one of the most difficult moments in the Serb's career. Last January, the Belgrade native was turned away at the border by the Australian Border Force at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport due to a visa problem, and spent several days at Melbourne's Park Hotel, a dilapidated facility that the Australian government uses to "house" groups of immigrants and asylum seekers.
Finally, Djokovic could not participate in the Australian Open due to a decision made directly by the then Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke. Surprisingly, one of the few tennis players to side with the 21-time Slam champion was Kyrgios himself.
"Prime Minister Hawke said that he is a threat to our borders. He is not. He is only here to play tennis, he is not bothering anyone. I think the way the Djokovic issue was handled was wrong. Despite all the headlines, he remains one of our greatest champions and, after all, he is human.
We have to do better," the Australian said at the Australian Open Media Day. A gesture that Djokovic appreciated more than anything and that led him to personally thank Kyrgios. From then on, the two began to hear each other often through their social profiles and at Wimbledon they officially started a fun new friendship.
In fact, Djokovic sent Kyrgios several messages before the Championship final and explained to him during the closing ceremony: "Nick, you will play a Slam final again, I am sure. You are a great athlete and a fantastic tennis player." I didn't think I'd say such nice things about you.
Ours is officially a bromance." The dream of seeing Djokovic and Kyrgios play together in doubles may soon come true. The Australian posted a very interesting story in response to a fan's question.
Djokovic is ready for the ATP Finals
2022 Paris Masters champion Holger Rune's coach Patrick Mouratoglou has heaped praise on 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.
"I don't know if you can categorize Novak as a Serbian tennis player," he said. "Of course he's Serbian, but I think he's much more than Serbian. He's an exceptional champion. Maybe the greatest. We'll see. So it's probably, to play Novak in a final of a tournament is probably the greatest challenge possible," he said.
"The only way to prepare a match against him is to have a very clear plan and be able to manage one's emotions and manage all the situations you will have to go through. We went through so many different scenarios during this match.