Wimbledon champions swap pleasantries

2019 Wimbledon singles winners Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic heaped praise on each other in the aftermath of SW19.

Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the longest ever Wimbledon final to win his fifth crown, and his 16th Grand Slam title overall.

And the Serb is a player that Halep says she is keen to learn from, with one particular trait especially catching her eye.

“I have to ask him how he’s done it,” Halep said of Djokovic at the Champions’ Dinner.

“He’s a great champion. I always learn from champions and try to improve as much as possible.

“Being relaxed on court, I’ve learned there’s a greater chance to win big matches.”

Djokovic was keen to reciprocate the respect and admiration, hailing Halep’s maturity into arguably the best women’s player in the world over the last couple of years.

“She’s got it all – she’s got the game, she’s got the fighting spirit and now she’s got the experience,” he said.

“It was really impressive how she handled herself in her first Wimbledon final against an all-time great, Serena, who is a fierce competitor, who has won Wimbledon titles many, many times before.

“She has been in that position many times before. Simona showed why she’s a great champion.

“It’s awesome to know that small countries like Romania and Serbia – neighboring countries – are doing so well on the world stage.”