Serbian Tennis star Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas took on each other in the ATP Finals opener on Monday. The two players produced an entertaining game to leave the crowd enthralled. But not only with the play, but the two tennis stars also left fans in splits with their act before the kickoff.
It was a comedy of errors from both players as they walked out to the court. As Djokovic entered the arena first, he went towards the wrong ball kid and asked for the boy’s hand. However, the kid was alert enough as he gestured to Djokovic that the boy who would walk with him is on the other side. Djokovic had a sheepish smile on his face as he turned to the second ball kid.
Moments later, Stefanos Tsitsipas also walked out but forgot to ask for the hand of the ball kid he was supposed to walk with. The boy once again showed good presence of mind as he ran and hustled to Tsitsipas to catch up. These two hilarious moments, unfolding one after the other, caught the attention of fans. Tennis TV shared the clip with the caption, “A comedy in two acts”.
Coming to the game, it was dominant tennis from Djokovic as he thrashed Tsitsipas in two sets. The Serbian beat the Greek star 6-4, 7-6 (4) in one hour and thirty-eight minutes. Fans were dazzled by the electric light show in the Pala Alpitour prior to the match. Djokovic then took centre stage and produced a ruthless performance to move to 1-0 in Red Group.
The Serbian quickly found his range in Turin, breaking in the first game to take early control. The seventh seed pulled Tsitsipas around the court with his precise groundstrokes, while he hit a range of stunning passing shots, demonstrating great agility to triumph.