Belgian gymnasts Nina Derwael and Maellyse Brasse enjoyed meeting world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Olympic Village. Derwael and Brasse were doing a gym workout when they spotted 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. Djokovic took many pictures during the Tokyo Olympics but one specific photo went viral.
In the gym, Djokovic performed splits alongside Derwael and Brasse. "We were actually in the weight room, and Marjorie had seen him (Novak Djokovic)," Derwael told RTBF Sport, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "So we thought we would take a photo when he finished."
Djokovic was impressed by the ability of gymnasts. "Then while we were making the big gaps, Novak looked at us and said "this is even more flexible than what I can do'," said Derwael.
Djokovic enjoyed his experience with the Belgian duo
"He stands next to me, takes his phone and gives it to his trainer," the Belgian continued.
"So I tell him, ok but if you take a picture I want one too. And so I also gave my phone away. He puts himself in the split and then he goes further and further. But he was still on those hands. So I said to him "but you have to let go of your hands eh!" And so he opened his arms like me.
But I was still amazed that he was so flexible! " Djokovic was aiming to win his first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics but he ended up without securing a medal for his country. However, his father believes Djokovic will soon be considered the best athlete ever.
"I have to correct you. In the beginning you said Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world, He even is the best sportsman in the world. Currently he is one of the best of all time, but very quickly he will be the best athlete ever," Djokovic senior said, when he was introduced as as the person who formed the best tennis player in the world.
Djokovic senior believes his son was God-sent for the Serbian people. "I can't be objective when it comes to Novak. I tend to say he was sent by the God in the darkest time for the Serbian people. His mentality is unbelievably good.
The mental training is as important as the training on the court. It is never finished, until he says it's over. There is no giving up," Djokovic senior noted.