Novak Djokovic wanted a sophisticated dance, but was forced to compromise by Serena Williams as they celebrated their respective success.
Serena was resplendent in a cream, jewel-encrusted dress, while Djokovic donned a perfectly-fitted black suit for the occasion.
Novak Djokovic wanted a “sophisticated waltz” but instead he got the Bee Gees as he and Serena Williams revived an old tradition by dancing at the Wimbledon champions’ dinner.
Djokovic’s supreme counter-punching and iron will also earned the 28-year-old a ninth career major, elevating him above Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Ken Rosewall and Fred Perry into outright eighth place on the all-time grand slam leaderboard. Fortunately they accepted it.
A Champions Dance was a Wimbledon tradition for years, but when the Champions’ Dinner moved dates and venues in 1977, the custom disappeared and was never officially brought back.
The 33-year-old American, who beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final, selected 1970s disco classic “Night Fever” and Djokovic, a four-set victor over Roger Federer on Sunday, gamely joined his fellow world number one in showing off his best dance moves.
“I was very pleased”, Djokovic said, “Serena is a great dancer”.
Also, check out this video of Djokovic and Williams doing the Gangnam Style dance in 2013 for Kids Tennis Day during the Australian Open.
Djokovic has now won nine Grand Slams and aims to overhaul the totals of Rafa Nadal (14) and Federer (17). Of all the Grand Slams, it was the one I hadn’t won in a while. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of things have to come together.
“To reach those two guys would be incredible but honestly, I’m not thinking about it right now”.
That’s why he brought aboard Boris Becker as a second coach, for example, to help his mental toughness and serve, among other things. “I have hopefully many more years in front of me”, he said.
There is always something I can work on, Djokovic said, and I know I can get my game to a higher level.
“I only once made that final step in 2011 but I’m going there with the thought that I like the surface, the conditions, playing at Arthur Ashe and with all the achievements behind me, I think I’m in a very good position to go far”.