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Always entertaining, Novak Djokovic responds to marriage proposal

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How do you get Novak Djokovic to invite you on court at the U.S. Open and hit with you? Well apparently all you have to do is offer a marriage proposal, as the young kid in the video above did.

That being said, there is a not-too-small part of me that thinks this whole run-in might have been staged. By the tournament, by Djokovic, by a sponsor, I don’t know. All I know is that if I were a fan so rabid as to shout a marriage proposal at my favorite player, I would fuh-reak out if the player A) acknowledged my proposal, B) saw me, C) shook my hand, D) invited me on the court and E) watched me from a yard away as I tried to hit serves into the court.

This young fan was unfazed by all of it. He doesn’t seem to hesitate at all when Djokovic invited him onto the court and he nonchalantly hands Djokovic his stuff as he takes a ball and confidently struts forward to serve. Also? The kid is, like, super good at tennis. What are the odds?

But for me, the dead giveaway: the Security Guard. The guy doesn’t even flinch when the kid hops on court.

So what do you think? Endearingly spontaneous or pre-planned publicity stunt? Sound off in the comments with your take.

  • Published On Aug 28, 2012
  • 6 comments
    dmmtennis
    dmmtennis

    Wait so the little boy asked Djokovic to marry him? That seems wrong on many levels...

    mrcerminaro
    mrcerminaro

    Staged?  Anyone who thinks this is staged has either never been to a tennis tournament or never played tennis. 

     

    NYCHOT
    NYCHOT

    My colleague at work knows the kid and his parents. It definitely was not staged

    nn0413751
    nn0413751

    Well, for me, nothing beats this response for a variety of reasons (not just the timing but the circumstances on court and off court at that time). She was behind in that set, her father was in jail, her own innocence being questioned and her life being 'head lined' in the papers each and every day and yet comes up with such a spontaneous response, shows that side of her which was seldom seen on court.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtepZyro1aI

     

    Even if it is staged, good to see the kid enjoying his spotlight.

     

    isa
    isa

    probably a stunt but it will be a very nice memory for the kid so credits to novak that he took the time to give this boy this minute :-) A few years ago my son wanted to drop out of tennis - he was losing a lot of matches because he's a lot smaller than his mates. We emailed through a WTA sponsored campaign to Jelena Jankovic about it and she took the time to write him a small message that motivated him ... 5 years later and he's still playing ...