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“Excuse me, what did you ask me” – Djokovic jokes about coach Ivanisevic being inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Goran Ivanisevic, who is a part of Novak Djokovic's coaching team has been named as the director of the upcoming Adria Tour which will be held later this month.
Goran Ivanisevic, who is a part of Novak Djokovic's coaching team has been named as the director of the upcoming Adria Tour which will be held later this month. (Getty Images)

Goran Ivanisevic, former World No.2, and currently part of 16-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic’s coaching staff was inducted to the Tennis Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Novak Djokovic spoke highly about Ivanisevic, who became the first Croatian to receive the honour.

Meanwhile, Djokovic is in good form at the moment having secured himself of a spot in the Australian Open semifinals after overcoming Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 at the Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic jokes about coach Ivanisevic being inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame
Goran Ivanisevic, who is a part of Novak Djokovic’s coaching team seen with the latter during a training session. (Getty Images)

The Croatian, who was friends with NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash recently cut an emotional figure during the post-match ceremony despite his win over Raonic.

TV broadcaster and legend of the game John McEnroe who was present during the occasion in an attempt to make the mood lighter informed him of his coach Ivanisevic’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

Djokovic jokes about coach Ivanisevic

On being asked what he felt about it, Djokovic who at the moment was still reflecting upon his Bryant’s tragic death took some time before replying “Excuse me, what did you ask me, again?”

His innocent reply soon left the crowd laughing which brought back the smile upon the Croatian’s face.

After a brief moment, Djokovic was ready to give McEnroe a reply saying, “Congratulations to my dear coach for being introduced to the Hall of Fame. He deserves it. He is a legend of our sport. He has been very close to me in my life and my career. I have known him since I was twelve years old.”

He later went on to share his experiences with Ivanisevic whom he said he knew from his time at the Niki Pilic Tennis Academy in Germany, where both used to train.

Djokovic was not in the best of moods as he became emotional when asked a question regarding Kobe Bryant, his friend and NBA legend who passed away recently due to a helicopter crash. (Getty Images)

“We go back in Germany, to the Niki Pillich Tennis academy where he was preparing for his Wimbledon title. I was there and you know obviously amazed to have an opportunity to be with him on that court and get an opportunity to play few balls with him and ever since then we had a friendly relationship,” said Djokovic bringing back memories from the past.

“We speak the same language so we got along very well and I am really honoured to have him in my team,” he concluded.

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