Tennis News: Novak Djokovic, Ryder Cup and Tennis Hall of Fame

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Novak Djokovic and golf’s Ryder Cup? Yep, that’s a real combination. And it turns out, Djokovic is a pretty good golfer as well.

Tennis’ GOAT took part in the Ryder Cup All-Star match this week and brought his tennis rackets along with him. Well, at least two of them. Djoko didn’t play with the rackets, but he did approach the first tee at the event with a racket in hand and acted as if he might strike the golf ball with said racket. Turns out, he didn’t need the racket.

Djokovic hit his first tee shot onto the fairway and made par on the hole. Later, he hit a driver onto the green on the short par 4 hole on number 16. Many PGA tour players don’t attempt that but Djokovic proved he seems to be able to do just about anything he wants to do in sports. Plus, Djokovic, paired with G4D Tour player Kipp Popert, helped Team Monty win the Ryder Cup All-Star competition.

Afterward, according to Yahoo! Sports, Djoko said, “Obviously I am much more comfortable hitting a tennis ball with my racket but I don’t think I did too bad today.” Clearly, he does most things better than most other human beings.

Novak Djokovic plays some golf and the tennis Hall of Fame lets you vote

In other news, the International Tennis Hall of Fame announced its nominees for 2024 and the list includes the first Asian player to be nominated. Leander Paes from India was a star in doubles and mixed doubles and won 18 Grand Slams as well as being the top-ranked player in doubles once. Tennis, of course, is a global sport, and it’s nice to see an Asian player finally get their due.

Other nominees include Ana Ivanovic, Carlos Moya, and Cara Black. Tennis fans can help get the finalists into the ITHF by going to and voting. The voting is open from September 27 to October 9. The 2024 inductees will be announced later this fall.

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