Djokovic gets hero's welcome from THOUSANDS of fans in Belgrade

Djokovic gets hero's welcome from THOUSANDS of fans in Belgrade

July 12, 2022

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic gets a hero’s welcome from THOUSANDS of fans outside City Hall in Belgrade… with the 21-time Grand Slam champion’s homecoming met with a concert and fireworks display

  • Novak Djokovic beat Nick Kyrgios to win a fourth successive Wimbledon title
  • Returning home on Monday, the 21-time Grand Slam winner got hero’s welcome
  • On a balcony at Belgrade’s City Hall, Djokovic was cheered by thousands of fans
  • He is still hopeful of being able to play at the US Open and the Australian Open 

Novak Djokovic was greeted by thousands of his loyal fans as he got a hero’s welcome on his homecoming after winning his latest Wimbledon title. 

Djokovic defeated controversial Australian star Nick Kyrgios in four sets to claim his fourth successive Wimbledon title, his 21st Grand Slam title in his career to date. 

He headed back to his native Serbia to toast his latest Slam title and he was left waving to thousands of screaming fans from the balcony of Belgrade’s City Hall. 

A firework display, as well as a concert, was arranged to mark Djokovic’s homecoming and fans were not disappointed as they caught a glimpse of the tennis star. 

The 35-year-old threw 20 signed tennis balls into the crowd after posing for photos with the Wimbledon trophy, his seventh from SW19 which puts him one behind Roger Federer’s record of eight.

Djokovic has won the last four editions of Wimbledon in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, with the 2020 tournament cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Novak Djokovic paraded his latest Wimbledon singles title on his homecoming to Serbia

Fans gathered in their thousands with four members of the crowd holding up ‘GOAT’ letters, signalling the Greatest of All Time acronym

It was a wild atmosphere in Belgrade to mark the Wimbledon champion’s return to Serbia

He is now just one Grand Slam title behind record holder Nadal, who has won 22 majors. 

With that in mind, Djokovic’s anticipated absence from the US Open in New York in August over his vaccination status is proving problematic.

Sportsmail reported on Monday that Djokovic is expected to see his ban from Australia, which saw him deported back in January, lifted, allowing him to compete at the start of the 2023 season.

But the Serbian knows time is running out for a u-turn to make him eligible to feature in New York. 

Djokovic defeated Australian star Nick Kyrgios to claim his seventh Wimbledon singles title

The 35-year-old launched 20 tennis balls into the crowd as part of the City Hall homecoming

‘As things stand now I cannot travel to Australia and the United States, but I am hoping to get positive news. I believe things will change for Australian Open,’ Djokovic told RTS after being greeted by thousands of fans in front of Belgrade City Hall following his success at the All England Club.

‘For the US Open there is not much time, but hope dies last. 

‘I would like to play at the US Open and Australian Open, but even if I do not it’s not the end of the world.’

Djokovic stated in light of his win at Wimbledon that he would not be changing his stance and therefore has no plan to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

The square outside Belgrade’s City Hall was packed out for a concert and a fireworks display

The Serbian was all smiles in Belgrade but his homecoming coincided with him seeing his ranking tumble to world No 7, his lowest position in four years.

Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players saw the grass-court slam stripped off official ATP and WTA Tour ranking points. 

As a result, players were unable to defend points earned a year prior and Djokovic, who headed to London as the world No 3, has now dropped four places to No 7. 

It is only the second time he has been ranked outside the top five since 2007. 

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