Wimbledon 2011: Novak Djokovic pleads for pet poodle Pierre to be allowed into tournament
Novak Djokovic, the world’s second best tennis player, is in distress after being told he cannot bring his pet poodle Pierre with him to Wimbledon.
Not over the prospect of having to beat Roger and Andy or Rafa to win his first Wimbledon title - but over the refusal of authorities to allow his pet poodle Pierre into the country.
It is understood that Djokovic is making representations “at the highest level” to try to ensure Pierre arrives at Wimbledon in time for the tournament’s second week.
The dog, to whom he is devoted, has been an ever present during the European clay court season, which Djokovic dominated until losing for the only time this year in the French Open semi-finals.
Pierre was even spotted in Paris, sat on a cushion at a table cafe next to the tennis player who fed him noodles.
"He is upset he can’t bring Pierre to Wimbledon and he is pleading with the authorities to let the dog in," said a source in the Djokovic camp. "Whenever he can he takes the dog with him. he is genuinely upset. For him this is a very serious issue."
Pierre along with the tennis player’s long time girlfriend Jelena Ristic are critical members of Team Djokovic.
The impeccably groomed, snow white toy poodle, along with his owner, graced the front cover of the July edition of men’s Vogue.
The dog - like Andy Murray’s border terrier Maggie May - even has his own account on the social network site Twitter.
So far Pierre has tweeted 19 times since logging on on June 14. the tweets include conversation threads with Murray’s pet. Coincidentally Murray and Djokovic are good friends.
Tweets from Pierre include “Being Pierre is the best! Woof” and in reference to the Vogue cover photograph: “Fame has clearly gone to my head. Form an orderly queue for paw-tographs please.”
Q:If you get through on Monday and López keeps winning, I'm curious who you think your mum might be supporting if you meet Deliciano?
ANDY MURRAY:I think it's about time she stopped with that nonsense. Makes me want to throw up. It's disgusting. Yeah, it's disgusting. I was practising with him before the tournament. It's quite funny because she'd been writing about it on, you know, Twitter like all the time. And I was practising with him before the tournament and my mom was on the side. I said, when we were warming up, I shouted across the net, I said, Feli, if we sit down for a drink, if you could take a picture with my mom, because she thinks you're beautiful. She went bright red. I'm not doing it. I'm not doing it. Refused to take the picture. Quite funny. Not like her. Yeah, I hope she'll still be supporting me.
√ Imitations √ Sing √ Dance √ Be a fashion model √ Go canoeing √ Play golf √ Play football √ Be a Dj √ Hula Hooping √ Play tennis on a freaking airplane √ Cute stuff that makes him even cuter (like playing with dolphins) √ And be a perfect human being
Indoor matches with late finishes are probably something I’m going to have to get used to at Wimbledon.
Monday was only the second time I’d ever played on an indoor grass-court and it’s going to take a bit of time for everyone to get used to it, but the more we do, the more we’ll understand how it plays.
In one sense it’s much better, because having the roof across takes away any wind or sun and can make conditions pretty much perfect, but there’s no doubt it changes things.
It’s certainly different to the outdoor grass-court tournament that everyone knows as Wimbledon, and it will be interesting to see how it affects the tournament in the future. If they have a long spell of bad weather they might try to use Centre to get through the matches, but I’m normally scheduled last on so there’s always a good chance I will finish late.
It certainly worked for me in my first match and I’m just glad that I’m through and into the next round, while whichever guy I play next will still be battling away on Tuesday after they came off in the third set because of the rain. I get the chance to rest a little on Tuesday and also watch a bit of Blaz Kavcic and Tobias Kamke when I come in to practise at the All England Club.
Being on Centre Court is certainly a big help now because you know that, whatever the weather, you’re going to get on, so you can prepare for your match knowing there won’t be a lot of stopping and starting. There might be one stop but then you’ll be on for the night, so all in all it definitely helps having the roof.
There are always things to work on but I was pleased with the way I was playing by the end against Daniel Gimeno-Traver; you have to be after winning 15 games in a row. I just had to try and stay as calm as possible because he was playing such great tennis at the start that I knew his level would have to drop a little bit.
There’s a fine line in tennis between struggling and getting through. Sometimes you need to hang tough and the end isn’t too far away. Once I managed to get that break, I settled down, served well, returned well and my whole game got better.
I think it’s great the way he dealt with everything after he’d obviously got nervous earlier in the year at the Masters. This time he was in the same position but had learnt from his experiences and handled everything very, very well. That’s something any sportsmen could take a lesson from, although golf and tennis are very different sports because, in golf, you’re always in control. Rory was certainly in total control on Sunday, it was incredible.
We haven’t met but I’ve sent him a few messages on Twitter and it would be good to catch up some time - maybe for a golf lesson. I do play from time to time but haven’t for about a year now because it’s quite a strain on the back.
I played a bit when I was younger but, I must admit, I’m not great at golf. If you think I get frustrated on the tennis court, you should see me on a golf course.
It can be very trying if you’re playing for four hours and just hacking away - I like playing in the States because you’ve got the buggies, so it’s a bit quicker to get round! When I play three or four times in a row, I start to enjoy it more, but at first I don’t really know how far I can hit each club and it goes all over the place - I’m sure that’s a complaint many golfers have.
Sometimes I’ll hit a seven-iron and it goes about 40 yards, the next day I’ll play the same shot with a six-iron and it’s way through the green - so frustrating. I’m sure I’ll give it more of a go when I’m older, everyone does, but I think I’ll stick to the tennis for now.
my fav part: I played a bit when I was younger but, I must admit, I’m not great at golf. If you think I get frustrated on the tennis court, you should see me on a golf course.
That was a very exciting evening, after a reaaalllly boring day! There was so much waiting around, and I wanted to kill Hewitt for not taking that set point in the third, but all’s well that ends well. It felt very, very good to finish before it got dark.
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