Novak Djokovic is regarded as one of the greatest players in tennis history. In addition to his professional career, the World No. 1 is involved in a number of social endeavours.
Djokovic has long been a supporter of children’s education, and he and his wife, Jelena Djokovic, formed the “Novak Djokovic Foundation.”
Furthermore, Djokovic has reached out to a number of tennis players who have been going through difficult circumstances.
When Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open due to mental health difficulties, the Serb extended his support. Gilles Cervara, Daniil Medvedev’s coach, recently praised Novak Djokovic for reaching out to other tennis players.
Coach discusses Djokovic’s thoughtful gesture
Daniil Medvedev has been coached by Gilles Cervara since 2017. Cervara has aided Medvedev in winning 13 ATP titles, his first Grand Slam, and the No. 2 ranking in the world.
Cervara recently donned a t-shirt with the phrase “Kiki, coz I care” during Indian Wells week. The ‘Kiki’ is referred to, Kristijan Schneider, a Croatian trainer who has been battling abdominal cancer for months.
Later, Gilles Cervara invited tennis players to donate to his good friend Kristijan Schneider’s medical fund.
“Move your ass, make a post, make a donation… It’s within everyone’s reach, it’s just a matter of interest. On the circuit, people meet every day smiling at each other, having friendly contact all the time … I want to know if it’s true or if it’s fake,” he said, as reported on L’Equipe.
“If a member of the tennis world is sick and we know him, are we going to inquire about his health? Are we going to support him, by giving a little money or by being behind him, to get news?
“Make him feel that he is not alone and that he has the support of the guys he meets every day on the circuit,” he further added.
Finally, Cervara praised Novak Djokovic’s efforts in assisting other members of the tennis community.
“Players like Djokovic did something earlier this year. People have mobilized,” he said.
Gilles Cervara also expressed gratitude to the ATP Tour and the Coaches Committee for their assistance to Kristijan Schneider. He expressed his gratitude for ATP with a second photo on his Instagram.
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