US Open 2023: Novak Djokovic pays tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after winning his 24th Grand Slam title

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Novak Djokovic made tennis history by beating Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s United States Open last, as he made his 24th Grand Slam title. Reaching that number implied Djokovic connected Margaret Court for the most significant songs titles ever, however he likewise saw it as an ideal chance to honor NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic was friends with the Bryant, who notoriously used No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers. In his honor, Djokovic used an unique “Mamba Forever” Tee shirts after his success. He and his box likewise used white coats with the No. 24.

Djokovic admitted he had actually begun considering the Tee shirts concept recently, however chose not to inform anybody till a couple of days back when the prize appeared within reach.

“Kobe was a close friend. We chatted a lot about the winners mentally when I was struggling with an injury trying to make my comeback, work my way back to the top of the game.” Djokovic stated. “He was one of the people that I relied on the most. He was there for any kind of counsel, advice, any kind of support in the most friendly way.”

Bryant, a five-time NBA champ and 18-time All-Star, handled numerous injuries through his renowned profession. However, he was understood for his competitive character and pressing through every challenge. Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality” of attempting to improve daily continues to motivate countless individuals all over the world.

“Of course what happened a few years ago, his passing, hurt me deeply,” Djokovic stated. “I thought, 24 is the jersey that he wore when he became a legend of the Lakers and in the world of basketball, so I felt it could be a nice symbolic thing to acknowledge him.”

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