Novak Djokovic honors Kobe Bryant at the US Open after winning his 24th Grand Slam title: 'He was...

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2023-09-11 01:50:27  • 4 mins

Novak Djokovic couldn't think about No. 24 without thinking of the late Kobe Bryant.

So after winning the U.S. Open on Sunday night for a historic 24th Grand Slam title, Djokovic put on a blue t-shirt that honored the Los Angeles Lakers great.

The shirt read 'Mamba Forever' on the front, along with pictures of Bryant and the world's No. 1 tennis player, also known as 'The Joker', a.k.a Djokovic. On the back in purple was No. 24, one of two numbers Bryant wore during his Hall of Fame career.

Djokovic, 36, said he came up with the idea about a week ago as a way to honor his friend, who also shared a passion for supporting Italian soccer club, AC Milan.

He said he received advice on his own career from Bryant, who died in 2020 in a helicopter crash that also killed his daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

Novak Djokovic kind words for Kobe Bryant at US Open:

Kobe was a close friend. We chatted a lot about a winners mentality when I was struggling with injury, trying to make my comeback. He was 1 of the people I rely on the most.. he was always there for advice. What happened

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