Novak Djokovic's beautiful act for young fan after Wimbledon final

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Novak Djokovic, pictured here gifting his racquet to a young fan.
Novak Djokovic gifted his racquet to a young fan after winning Wimbledon. Image: Wimbledon/BBC

Novak Djokovic has continued a beautiful new tradition by gifting his racquet to a young fan after winning Wimbledon.

As we saw at the French Open last month, Djokovic spotted a young girl in the crowd on Centre Court after his victory in Sunday's final, walking over to her and handing her his racquet.

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The young girl had been cheering for her favourite player throughout the final against Matteo Berrettini and had even made a cute sign.

The sign featured an acrostic poem made out of Djokovic's first name, which read Number 1 Outstanding Victorious Ambitious Kissable.

The youngster beamed with delight as she inspected her new memento in front of her cheering father.

But Djokovic wasn't done there, also snapping a selfie with a young boy while making his way back to the court after climbing into the stands to celebrate with his team.

While Djokovic's gift might be priceless to the young fan, she could actually be in for some serious money.

Sports memorabilia experts told Yahoo Sports last month that Djokovic's gesture at the French Open could be worth tens of thousands of dollars if the boy put the racquet up for auction.

Ken Goldin, founder and executive chairman of Goldin Auctions, estimated the racquet could fetch between $25,000 and $35,000.

Ezra Levine, CEO of sports memorabilia investment platform Collectible, went even higher and said $50,000 was a "conservative estimate."

But Goldin also valued the racquet at $50,000 if Djokovic secured 20 or more major titles and $75,000-$100,000 (AUD $130,000) if he wins the US Open to complete a 2021 grand slam.

Novak Djokovic, pictured here giving his racquet to a young supporter after winning the Wimbledon final.
Novak Djokovic gives his racquet to a young supporter after winning the Wimbledon final. (Photo by PETER NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Djokovic beat Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-3 to win his sixth title at the All England Club and 20th major.

His third-straight Wimbledon title saw him equal the men's all-time grand slam record held by Federer and Nadal.

"It means none of us three will stop," Djokovic said when asked what the milestone meant to him.

"I have to pay great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends of our sport and they are the two most important players that I ever faced in my career.

"They are the reason that I'm where I am today.

"They've helped me realise what I need to do in order to improve and get stronger mentally, physically, tactically.

"The last 10 years have been an incredible journey. It's not stopping here."

Djokovic now only needs to win the US Open to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the calendar slam.

"I could definitely envisage that happening. I'm gonna definitely give it a shot," Djokovic added.

"I'm in great form and obviously playing well and playing my best tennis at grand slams.

"It is the highest priority that I have right now at this stage of my career. So let's keep it going."

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