Novak Djokovic brought some extra sports equipment to Wimbledon for the opening match at Centre Court on Monday: a golf club.
And once he started playing tennis, the tournament's defending champion and top-seeded man probably wished he could take a mulligan.
As something of an inside joke with a sponsor, Djokovic pulled a kid's golf club out of his racket bag and put it on the sideline when he arrived to face 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero at the grass-court Grand Slam's main stadium. Then, after a bit of a slow and nervous beginning that included an early break, Djokovic righted himself and beat Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the second round at the All England Club.
''It was a little funny thing,'' said Djokovic, whose racket maker gave him a bag that has posts to make it stand like a golf bag. ''Being creative, that's all. But fans corrected me right away. They said, `This is not a golf course.' I said, OK.'''
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