June 13, 2024

Open Court


MELBOURNE, Australia – When one player on a warmup court has a team, and the other is flying solo, the logistics get a little complicated.

So as Novak Djokovic huddled with his group, French veteran Julien Benneteau, who will play No. 7 seed David Goffin on Show Court 2 as Djokovic takes on Benneteau’s countryman Gaël Monfils on Rod Laver arena, just hung out with his own fine self.

Djokovic mentor Andre Agassi, who misses nothing, quickly realized that without a few team members to pick up the flying balls, they were all going to end up on Benneteau’s side of the court.


So he trotted over to do his part on Benneteau’s side.

There were a lot of Djokovic fans on hand, as usual. But not as many as usual; the extreme heat has kept the numbers from hitting the back side of the Melbourne Park complex as diligently as they normally would.

After a long group hug, they were done.

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