World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic showed off his soft side after winning his fourth Rogers Cup Title on Sunday. While accepting his trophy, the Serbian star asked the audience to give each other hugs.
According to the National Post,, Djokovic stood in the middle of the Aviva Centre in York University and spoke to the crowd. He looked around and asked the spectators to hug the person beside them. When the people showed some hesitation and greeted his request with some chuckles, the newly crowned champion took things one step further. He went ahead and led by example. He reached over and hugged Ken Crosina, who was hosting the awarding ceremony. The gesture broke the ice and everyone started to share hugs.
Djokovic later explained that he felt the energy around the stadium and thought that it was a good opportunity to make a request. “I did feel that it was just the right moment for me to ask politely the crowd to do that, because at the end of the day, we are all here for the same thing. We are all here to connect through tennis, through passion for the sport,” he said.
Throughout his run to his fourth Roger Cup title, Djokovic showed the adulating crowd that he is the King of Canadian Tennis. In the finals, he defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori in straight sets (6-3, 7-5). This trophy brings his total to a record 30 ATP Masters 1000 titles. He also holds 12 Grand Slam singles titles.
The Rogers Cup win sets Djokovic back on track after suffering a shock exit at the third round of Wimbledon last month. He now has his sights set on the Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He will be travelling to Brazil to join the rest of the Serbian delegation.