Why the Humourless Wimbledon Needs Djoker, the Comeback Clown

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Why the Humourless Wimbledon Needs Djoker, the Comeback Clown

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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hirty-one-year-old Novak Djokovic has spent most of his professional tennis career trying to be liked.

He has been a clown: His early mimicry videos of Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Maria Sharapova were a hoot, but they didn’t go down too well with the high-profile “victims”. He has been fragile: He retired midway through more matches than any two of his rivals combined. He has been gracious: You are likely to see him openly applauding opponents after losing a point, or climbing across the net to embrace one after a draining contest. He has been human: In victory and defeat, he is far more expressive on court than any of the game’s modern legends.

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