Novak Djokovic Donates Money To Belgrade Playground
epa03564343 Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves the ball to Olivier Rochus of Belgium during their Davis Cup World Group First Round match between Belgium and Serbia, in Charleroi, Belgium, 01 February 2013. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND |
Novak Djokovic has been putting in the hard work on a tennis court lately, retaining the Australian Open title and leading Serbia to an impressive win over Belgium on an inhospitable clay court in Cherleroi. So the world no.1 took time off to donate $US 65,000 towards a kids playground in Belgrade.
Dedicating some of his valuable time to his own charity foundation, Djokovic, along with his mother Dijana and girlfriend Jelena Ristic visited the Anton Skala elementary school.
Djokovic has long put great importance on supporting Serbian children and he said: “The donation will enable kids to play joyously and learn in a better environment. The idea behind the realization of the ‘Anton Skala’ school yard project is to enable children to play in the park with their friends in a safe environment.
“So far, they have not been able to do so because the school yard was deserted, and there were no funds to complete the project. With our help, no later than springtime, children will be able to enjoy and socialize not only with their school friends but also with the children from the neighborhood.”
Djokovic toured the school yard with principal Igor Raicevic and teachers. In keeping with his extrovert manner, he even danced with the students.
The next couple of weeks will be spent resting and recuperating before returning to the match courts at the Dubai Duty Free Championships which begin on February 25.
David Ferrer survived an ace onslaught from Ivo Karlovic to clinch a berth in his 47th tour-level final at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Friday. The fourth-seeded Spaniard overcame 30 aces and 67 winners for the victory in three tie-break sets, 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
Roger Federer will take on Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Saturday, as he edges closer to becoming the third player in the Open Era (since 1968) to record 1,000 career match wins.
Roger Federer has been known to heat up as he progresses further and further into a tournament, and that has certainly been the case so far this week at the Brisbane International. After getting a first-round bye as the top seed, Federer trailed his opening match 6-4, 3-1 against John Millman before scrambling to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and one minute.
Novak Djokovic has had better days at the office, and will undoubtedly have more in the very near future. Thursday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open was not one of them. Djokovic was stunned in the singles quarterfinals by Ivo Karlovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 then lost his doubles semifinal with Filip Krajinovic to Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco 7-6(3), 6-1.