/ 19 January 2024

Old friend Mr Tree

Image source: Dreamstime
Image source: Dreamstime

Here’s one we didn’t see coming… The hard man of tennis/world #1 Novak Djokovic has revealed he’s got a “special” tree in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens that he’s been visiting for the last 15 years. Novak reckons the gardens help him deal with the pressure of the grand slam event. So why this particular tree? “I just liked it. I liked its roots and the trunks, and branches and everything”. And maybe he really needed a hug with his tree mate after getting hot under the collar at a spectator this week, although he’s now got Nick Kyrigos offering to act as his bodyguard. As for what’s happening on the court, Aussies Max Purcell Thanasi Kokkinakis and Ajla Tomljanovic have been bundled out, leaving Alex de Minaur and Storm Hunter to fight it out in their third-round matches today. And a shout-out to the cricket – the Aussies will probably wipe the floor with the West Indies in Adelaide today…

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