The eight year old child Mihailo Topics The story attracted the entire tennis world, both for his tennis abilities and for his special relationship with Novak Djokovic. The diminutive Serbian player has met the 12-time Grand Slam champion several times.
It all started two years ago when – as reported in an article shared by Sports Illustrated – Mihailo asked Marian Vajda, on court 11 of the Novak Tennis Center in Belgrade, to hit together. Vajda, who coached Djokovic for more than a decade, was impressed by Mihailo’s natural coordination and technique, and he told his mother, Nina Topic, about it.: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.
This is the next champion.’ From then on, Djokovic himself met with Mihailo several times, and before the summer of 2016, they formally agreed on a sponsorship. Novak would cover all of Mihailo’s expenses, including paying the coach, booking the courts and tennis equipment.
THE Serbian Tennis Federation is aware of the skills of Mihailo and his head coach Dragan Serer said: “Mihailo is about two to three years ahead of his age group. Novak was like that too. This tells us that he might be very good in the future, but we really can’t tell until he grows up and starts playing tournaments; that’s when we’ll know what it’s really made of. Pavle BulicMihailo’s coach, especially congratulated the child for the passion he has, which is fundamental to breaking into tennis.
‘Mihailo could stay on the field for 10 hours, in scorching heat or rain, if you let him‘Bulic said.’He never wanted to stop training. We always have to get him off the field to make sure he doesn’t burn out.