It's just not ordinary sports fans who get star-struck while meeting famous athletes. Even top athletes feel the same way when they get to meet some of their sporting idols. German hockey player Nike Lorenz recently spoke about her experience of meeting World No.
1 tennis superstar Novak Djokovic at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 23 year old Lorenz represented her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics, at which the team won a bronze medal. In December 2019, she was nominated for the FIH Rising Star of the Year Award.
German hockey player Nike Lorenz talks about meeting Novak Djokovic at the 2016 Rio Olympics
Lorenz recently wrote a column for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, where she says she always hoping to meet the Serbian superstar at the Olympic Games but when she got a chance to meet him, she was too scared to approach him.
Lorenz writes, “Of course, we had discussed beforehand who we really hoped to meet among the big stars of the sports world. Novak Djokovic was high on my list. Just when I thought I could leave the tourist mode and become an ambitious athlete again, we met Djokovic during his evening run.
My teammates stared at me expectantly: Why isn’t she going? For the first time in my life, I was completely petrified”. Lorenz says a friend of hers then approached Djokovic for a photograph and the tennis champion was happy to agree to their request.
"Fortunately, one of my friends reacted quickly and ran after Djokovic to ask for a photo. He was (of course) the coolest ever, answered her in German and came jogging happily towards us with her. Since I still couldn’t move, everyone including Djokovic, had to position themselves around me.
I still don’t know how, but in the photo I have a big grin on my face." Novak Djokovic is the current World No. 1 in tennis and has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles - the third most by any male tennis player in history.
His 17 Slams include a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title. He is in a three-way race for the record of most number of Grand Slam titles in men's tennis along with Rafael Nadal, who has 19 Grand Slams, and Roger Federer, who has won 20 Grand Slams.