qc5101co_novak-djokovic-afp_625x300_02_February_20 Australian Open: Djokovic Pays Tribute To Kobe Bryant, Bushfires Victims

Novak Djokovic defeated Dominic Thiem 6-Four, Four-6, 2-6, 6-Three, 6-Four within the ultimate. © AFP

Novak Djokovic on Sunday paid tribute to late basketball nice Kobe Bryant after successful the 2020 Australia Open title. Djokovic beat Austrian Dominic Thiem in 5 units on the Rod Laver Enviornment to raise the Australian Open title a file extending eighth time. In his speech after being offered with the trophy, Djokovic spoke in regards to the bushfires that ravaged Australia on the flip of the yr and Bryant’s loss of life. “There have been some devastating issues that began 2020,” mentioned Djokovic. “The large bushfires right here in Australia, conflicts in some elements of the world, folks dying on a regular basis.

“One individual that I thought of shut in my life and was a mentor to me, Kobe Bryant, handed away as nicely together with his daughter. I wish to say that this can be a reminder to all of us that we should always stick collectively greater than ever. Keep near the individuals who love and look after you. We’re a part of skilled sport, we compete and take a look at our greatest however clearly there are extra necessary issues in life. It is very important be aware and humble about issues which might be occurring round you,” he mentioned.

Thiem additionally spoke in regards to the bushfires in his speech throughout the presentation ceremony.

“There are extra necessary issues in life (than tennis). It is robust, what this stunning nation has gone by way of or continues to be going by way of. The Australian Open was a great distraction however I nonetheless hope that every one the folks and the wildlife which were affected, they get better quickly and that a catastrophe like this by no means occurs once more,” mentioned Thiem.

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