Social media goes mad over Novak Djokovic hashtag ahead of 2024 Wimbledon debut

Djokovic begins his 2024 Wimbledon play on day two of the event.
Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2024
Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2024 / Adam Pretty/GettyImages

Novak Djokovic is scheduled to play on the second day of Wimbledon 2024. This is a miracle in itself. Just three weeks after having surgery on his torn meniscus - a recovery that normally takes three to eight weeks for the normal person and longer for a professional tennis player - he won't miss any scheduled matches.

Djokovic also has what appears to be an easy opponent. He will play Vit Kopriva and the Czech is currently ranked 123 on the ATP tour and lacks the power to make Djokovic uneasy. In fact, this might be the best possible matchup for the Serb because he should be able to get some work in and test his knee while getting back into peak tennis form.

The day before his first-round match at Wimbledon, a pop-up hashtag was trending on social media. The hashtag was for DearNovak. This had tennis fans, and even some people who cover tennis, sending the Serb nice notes to wish him well. This is a marked difference between how Djokovic is normally seen as he has many times played the villain to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Instead, fans were generally extremely nice and honest. Many thanked Djokovic for his career and hoped he would continue to win Grand Slams. If one did not know any different, one might have assumed the Serb had retired. He hasn't.

Here is a sample of those who responded on social media. (Warning: If you do not like Novak Djokovic, you likely will not like these posts.)

This is more of an affirmation than anything else. Seems honest, at least. And speaks for many of us.

Djokovic has made a slightly weird tradition of eating a blade of grass after each Wimbledon finals win. Let's hope it doesn't upset his stomach. That might personally take the luster off his victories.

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This one is a great one as it points out not only the success Djokovic has had on the court, but how he helps fellow players. That has always been underappreciated by the public. The same would not likely be said of his fellow players, though.

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