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Why Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Plays His Racquet Like a Violin to Celebrate…

Why Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Plays His Racquet Like a Violin to Celebrate…

Jul 10, 2024, 1:17 PM | Updated: Jul 10, 2024, 1:53 PM

Novak Djokovic celebrates his Wimbledon victory with a violin-playing gesture.

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The 24-time Grand Slam winner lifted his racket in a completely new way at the All England Club as part of a stunning musical tribute.

Tennis rackets are commonly used to ruthlessly dispatch opponents on the tennis court, but in 2024, tennis ace Novak Djokovic is using a different racket technique – and there’s a touching story behind it.

As part of his bid to win an eighth Wimbledon trophy, the Serbian sports star has developed a new way of celebrating match wins – holding a tennis racket like a violin and mimicking the movement of the bow across the strings.

Novak Djokovic pretends to play the violin for his daughter.

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The musical gesture is for his six-year-old daughter, who is currently learning to play the violin. “It was for Tara,” Djokovic said in post-match interviews. “My daughter has been playing the violin for a while now, for six months, and we agreed that I would celebrate it this way.”

After a special musical tribute, Djokovic blows a kiss towards the family box – much to the delight of his daughter.

Djokovic after winning the third round of Wimbledon.

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Earlier in the tournament, while celebrating, the Grand Slam winner apparently placed his imaginary violin upside down, a move that did not escape the attention of the club’s official TikTok account.

Djokovic is trying to join Roger Federer on eight Wimbledon titles. Coincidentally, the Swiss star has also had his share of violinist parodies. In a 2013 Lucerne Classical Music Festival advert, Federer discovered a violin in his tennis bag and tried to play it – see below.

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Roger Federen takes on the violin to promote the 75th anniversary of the Lucerne Festival

Djokovic has said in interviews that he likes listening to classical music to relax. In a 2012 interview, he said, “I listen to classical music because it calms me down – it calms my nerves.”

What a wonderful thing that she is passing on her love of classical music to her daughter by encouraging her to play the violin. We wish Tara all the best in her musical endeavors.