Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is used to signing autographs, but one woman’s request was a little different to most.
As the world number one drew a crowd to Melbourne’s famous Brighton Beach, accidentally crashing a couple’s wedding photos in the process, Djokovic was approached by a young pregnant fan.
The woman asked Djokovic to sign her pregnant belly, something the tennis champion happily obliged.
After tenderly touching the woman’s stomach, Djokovic drew a love heart before signing his name.
He also took the time to chat to fans and pat one woman’s dog as he posed for photos with his latest Norman Brookes trophy.
Djokovic, a father of two himself, had earlier in the day spoken of the importance of his family and how the constant travel away from them had taken a toll.
“At times it rips my heart apart,” Djokovic said.
“I will have to revise my schedule comparing to the last year or any other season before this.
“Obviously time away from family definitely is something that has an impact on me.
“I’ll have to see with these rules and regulations and restrictions in place all over the world, Europe.
“Not being able to take my family on the road is something that is a big problem for me.”
But his trip to Australia has been filled with controversy, from his war of words with Aussie Nick Kyrgios and his demands for quarantined players to claims he faked injury during the tournament.
“Emotionally (this) was one of hardest tournaments I had, to be honest, with quarantine and a lot of things happening in the media,” he said after his victory.
“Of course, (the criticism) hurts. I’m a human being like anybody else. I have emotions. I don’t enjoy when somebody attacks me in the media openly and stuff.
“I cannot say I don’t care about it. (But) I didn’t allow it to hinder my performance. I think winning the trophy is in a way my answer.
“I think I’ve developed a thick skin over the years to just dodge those things and focus on what matters to me the most.”