Novak Djokovic said the warm welcome he received from the people of Eastbourne helped inspire him to win the Aegon International. Nole was crowned champion at Devonshire Park after he beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4 in front of a capacity crowd on centre court.
“Most of all, I felt very welcomed here by the people”. “On and off the court I was greeted. I was respected. It was just a phenomenal experience that I will definitely take with me to Wimbledon. I will not rule out coming back to Eastbourne next year or the following years. I think it’s different here in a way because I spent a lot of time every day interacting with people on the grounds. You’re in the midst of all the crowd.
“So that allowed me to be close to them. Every single person that I met in this eight, nine days that I spent here was warm and affectionate and kind. If you have that kind of energy that goes around the grounds, of course it gives you even more, I guess, inspiration to play your best and of course to finish up with a trophy. It’s the cherry on the cake.”