Novak Djokovic seems to know as many languages as number of Grand Slams he has won

Djokovic: Master of tennis and master of languages.
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If you watch tennis, you have probably seen Novak Djokovic win a tournament or 50. The all-time great has 24 Grand Slams titles and 40 Masters 1000 victories along with titles at every other level of tennis. But whether you live in the UK, France, or Italy, Djokovic probably knows how to speak your language.

But Novak Djokovic revealed this week that there is yet another language he seems to know: Chinese. While participating at the United Cup in Perth, Australia, and following a match, a reporter from China said "Happy New Year" in Chinese and asked Djokovic to repeat the phrase for tennis fans in China. Djokovic did, but he didn't stop with "Happy New Year."

Djokovic went on to say, "How are you? Thank you for your support. I love China, my good friend." This shocked not only the reporter but everyone else in attendance. Mind you, Djokovic might not be fluent in Chinese - or maybe he is; I don't know as I do not speak Chinese and barely get by in English even though it is my native tongue - but he clearly knows a little.

Novak Djokovic seems to have a strong drive to know every language

Which begs the question: How does Novak Djokovic find the time to learn so many different languages? We know he can speak them because he often speaks the language of whatever country he is in while giving an acceptance speech after winning yet another title. Maybe Djokovic's drive to win tennis tournaments also transposes over to a need to study speech.

There is a concern to come out of the United Cup in terms of Novak Djokovic, however. He was clearly bothered by his wrist in Serbia's second tie of the group stage against the Czech Republic. He had to pull out of playing doubles, though Serbia was able to win that match and the tie. But whether the wrist injury, if that's what it is, bothers Djokovic while he is trying to win his 11th Australian Open in a couple of weeks remains the be seen.

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