Wearing a Kobe Bryant shirt after winning the US Open, Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic won his 24th Huge homerun by overcoming Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in the US Open last Sunday. The triumph moved him past Serena Williams and attached him with Margaret Court for the most Huge homerun titles ever.

Past making tennis history, the 24th Huge homerun held extraordinary significance for Djokovic. The absolute paired the uniform number of his dear companion Kobe Bryant, who wore No. 24 for 10 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Djokovic changed into a custom shirt with Bryant and an image of them on the front, the words “Mamba Forever,” and his No. on the back, 24 Additionally, he had jackets engraved with No. 24 on the pocket in the front.

Djokovic said, “Kobe was [a] close friend.” We talked a ton about the champ’s mindset. He was one of the people I most leaned on when I was struggling with the injury and trying to make a comeback and get back to the top of the game. He was dependably there for any sort of guidance counsel, any sort of help in the most well disposed manner. Naturally, his death and that of his daughter a few years ago deeply affected me.

After Bryant’s passing in 2020, Djokovic shared that the two had fostered an individual relationship that crossed more than 10 years. Djokovic called Bryant a coach and “one of the best competitors ever.”