Waiting out a rain delay can be quite boring. However, Novak Djokovic turned one of them into a classic moment that will go down in tennis history at the 2014 French Open. During his first round match against Joao Sousa on Memorial Day, the world number two tennis player treated one of the ball boys to his own version of the royal treatment, as reported by USA Today on Monday.
Always the funnyman, Djokovic started out by making faces at the camera with a rain slicker covering his head when rain delayed play during the second set of the match. Looking quite bored, the Serb decided to make some small talk with the French ball boy that was holding his umbrella. He then invited the young lad to sit down next to him, taking the umbrella from him, and handing over his own tennis racket as the two had a chummy chat together.
Djokovic also gave the boy one of his bottles of Perrier water and they went on to clink their bottles together, maybe celebrating a little early on his 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Sousa. As this was all happening on Philippe Chatrier Court, his opponent on the other side wasn’t quite as generous with his own ball boy and umbrella. Djokovic is known for his humor during these situations and takes full advantage of these kinds of moments.
This was certainly not the first entertaining moment of this tournament. Sports Illustrated noted that on Saturday during the French Open Kids’ Day, Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Laurent Lokoli had a dance-off on the clay court in an epic matchup on who had the best dance technique.
Lokoli did some cool robotic moves while Monfils, who is also known for his sense of humor during his matches, wowed the crowd with his one-handed flips and fancy footwork. This was all done as it was raining cats and dogs. The audience loved it as it went down as another one of those memorable moments of the 2014 French Open. Novak Djokovic’s ball boy will most certainly hold onto his own memories of having a moment with the Serbian player.