This guy made my day. @iori_legend’s father allowed him to come to live in Serbia because he was inspired watching me in 2011 season. He spent 4 years in Serbia playing tennis learning our language and hoping he can meet me one day. That didn’t happen in Serbia ???????? but it did here in Japan ????????. I have met many people traveling but I don’t know if I’ve met anyone more passionate and enthusiastic than this guy on the tennis court. He got my attention when I saw a video he made while he was in Serbia where he was speaking in Serbian and asking to play with me. I saw that video a few days ago and invited him to come and watch me play and after my match we could play tennis together. It was truly a remarkable experience, one that really fills my heart with joy and happiness. Seeing the passion that he shared while we were together was fascinating. He speaks Serbian so well and is a very funny guy. Made me laugh so hard. I had a blast and these are exactly the situations that remind me how grateful I need to be every day to have the position to positively impact many lives. A true blessing ????????❤????????????????????
Novak Djokovic is having an absolute blast playing in Tokyo for the first time. The world No. 1 eased into the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Lucas Pouille, and after his work day was done, he met with super fan Iori Yoshida.
You might think you've heard all the most impressive fan stories, but 21-year-old Yoshida might take the top prize. Hailing from Japan, he moved to Serbia after being inspired by Djokovic's 2011 season to play tennis, learn the language and...meet Djokovic.
It never happened in Djokovic's home country, but they finally met in Tokyo and the results were amazing.
Ovaj momak me je totalno oduševio. Inspirisan mojom sezonom 2011 godine, pitao je oca da li može da ide da živi u Srbiju @iori_legend. Otac ga je pitao da mu pokaže strast. Ovaj mu je to pokazao i dobio dozvolu. 4 godine je živeo u Pančevu, igrao tenis, učio srpski i nadao se da može da me upozna i odigra jedanput tenis sa mnom. To se nije dogodilo za vreme njegovog boravka u Srbiji ali jeste ovde u Japanu. Privukao mi je pažnju njegov snimak koji mi je pokazao njego prijatelj pre nekoliko dana ovde u Tokiju. Na snimku je pričao srpski i molio me da odigramo tenis jednom jer ima veliku želju da igra na Grand Slam-u. Pozvao sam ga da pogleda moj meč i da posle meča igramo tenis. Upoznao sam mnogo ljudi putujući po svetu ali ne znam da li sam ikada upoznao nekog ovako strastvenog tenisera sa toliko entuzijazma. Ulepšao mi je dan i učinio da doživim jedinstveno iskustvo koje mi je ispunilo srce radošću i srećom. Jako sam se zabavio i uživao. On priča srpski odlično i vrlo je duhovit. Ovo iskustvo me ne podsetilo koliko treba da budem svakodnevno zahvalan na mogucnosti da tako pozitivno utičem na živote mnogih ljudi. Blagosloven sam i počastvovan ????????❤????????????????????
"He speaks Serbian so well and is a very funny guy. Made me laugh so hard," Djokovic said. "I had a blast and these are exactly the situations that remind me how grateful I need to be every day to have the position to positively impact many lives."
Yoshida is chasing his dreams on court too, as he's played a few ITF pro tournaments and was good enough to hit around with Djokovic.
Djokovic took the positive energy into the next rounds, where he beat David Goffin and then topped John Millman for the title. He didn't lose a set all week.