Despite the immense pressure on him this week, Novak Djokovic had such an easy day in his first round match win over Joao Sousa that during a brief rain delay in the first set he chatted with a ballkid while waiting out the shower.
“We had a nice chat,” Djokovic said. “He’s a tennis player, so I asked him how long he’s playing, and, you know, how he’s enjoying his time as a ball kid. It was a nice, fun time, something unusual for the Grand Slams. But we waited for around 10 minutes in the pouring rain on the court, so I felt there’s something I should do and make a new friend. He accepted the offer to sit down, which I didn’t think he would do, but he did. So he’s very spontaneous little boy, and I hope I see him my next match.”
Djokovic is seeking a first French Open title. A win that would finally give him the career Grand Slam. Next for the Serb on Wednesday is Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
“Considering my next opponent, playing French tennis player in France, we all know how challenging that is,” Djokovic said. “He had a big win against Federer in Rome, so I’m sure he’s very motivated to play his best. But I was looking forward to this tournament for a long time. I’m in a good form, and hopefully I can use that against Chardy.”
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