At the selfiemeter, it is one of the most popular.
Coming to Japan to win his first Olympic gold and continue a year already punctuated by three Grand Slam coronations, Novak Djokovic has been in great demand since his arrival at the Olympic Village for the Tokyo Games.
The Serbian multiplies the photos with athletes eager to bring back a snapshot of them with the world number one in tennis as a souvenir from the land of the Rising Sun.
Among them, the French boxer Maïva Hamadouche, engaged in the less than sixty kilos.
The fighter, who is playing her first Olympics, posted on Twitter the photo taken with a smiling Djokovic and a closed fist, like her.
“What great encounters, rejoices the French.
Novak Djokovic, the best!
What great encounters!
🤩🎾🥊💥 Novak Djokovic the best !!!
#tennis #boxing pic.twitter.com/BuAGB2OOFq
- Maïva Hamadouche (@MaivaHamadouche) July 22, 2021
Everyone wants their selfie with Novak Djokovic at the athletes' village 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/RloXAGudgU
- We Are Tennis France (@WeAreTennisFR) July 23, 2021
The sportsmen's requests do not seem to bother the tennis player, who himself relays on his Instagram account the pictures published online by the athletes.
We find, pell-mell, a Canadian badminton player, a Spanish rower or one of her compatriots, in the person of the Serbian volleyball player Ana Bjelica.
"Novak, can I have a picture?
This is what I qualified for ”
Even the rivalry between Balkan countries is crumbling among some athletes, such as Croatian table tennis player Frane Kojic.
"There are a lot of people around him, he must have taken 5,000 photos," said the sportsman to the Sportske newspaper.
I approached him and said:
Novak, can I have a picture please?
That's why I qualified for the Games.
He smiled from ear to ear and said:
Of course I do
And the Serbian doesn't just take simple selfies.
Djokovic thus took the pose with part of the Belgian gymnastics team, performing exaggerated stretching positions.
“When Novak Djokovic asks you for a photo, you cannot refuse,” laughed the athlete of the flat country, Nina Derwael.
After the photos, the favorite of these Games will attack his competition on Saturday at 11 a.m. local (4 a.m. in Japan). He will face the Bolivian Hugo Dellien, 139th in the ATP ranking.