Novak Djokovic commented on how it felt to face a professional sumo wrestler in Tokyo. The Belgrade native said: “It’s a great experience. I’ve never had this experience before. It’s one of the most popular sports in Japan.
Speaking with my father yesterday on the phone I was telling him that I’m going to have an opportunity to meet sumo wrestlers. He and I were remembering many years ago at home [when] we used to watch Akebono [Tarō, who reached Yokozuna status], who was someone that we supported a lot”.
Djokovic also continued, laughing: “I felt that I am out of shape [for sumo] a little bit. I think with a few more kilos, I’ll be ready to compete. Probably three times as much as I have right now would be the right measurement for me to compete.
It’s quite impressive to see also how flexible they are. I believe at the beginning they were demonstrating their flexibility. I didn’t think that they were that flexible considering it’s a heavyweight sport, but I see that they are paying a lot of attention to the mobility of their joints and the flexibility, which is of course what allows them to move around as agile as possible at their weight.
I’m not going to have that kind of encounter with my opponents on the court. We are going to be separated with a net and racquets, but it is a one-on-one sport, so there is something there."