Sunday, 3 July 2011
How to Celebrate a Wimbledon Title: Eat Dirt
The Serbian tennis star, who on Monday will become the new world number 1 and who has lost only one match this year, had just beaten Rafael Nadal in four stunning sets in the Wimbledon final in front of a huge ensemble of family, friends, supporters, and the president of Serbia himself. But shortly after winning the last point of his 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory, he indulged in an unlikely celebration: he ate dirt.
Reaching down, Djokovic plucked some grass and soil from Center Court and put it in his mouth. It was a gesture of humility and reverence at the scene of his greatest triumph as an athlete, and was followed by an equally graceful acceptance speech. "It's really hard to describe with any words except that it's the best day of my life, the most special day of my life," Djokovic told the Center Court crowd. "This is my favorite tournament. I always dreamed of winning the first tournament I watched in my life. I think I am still sleeping and having my dream.