MELBOURNE (AFP) – Novak Djokovic may be unbeaten in Australian Open finals, but a sponsor seemed to think he has already won this year’s – before he has even played it.
Ahead of the eight-time champion’s clash with Daniil Medvedev on Sunday (Feb 21), his racket sponsor Head offered its congratulations in a promotional e-mail.
“Congratulations Novak,” said the e-mail, posted on Twitter by tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg, which described Djokovic as a “record-breaking 9 time Australian Open champion”.
The gaffe was quickly rectified.
“Oops – we got ahead of ourselves!” a follow-up e-mail said.
“What we meant to say is… Good luck Novak in the 2021 Australian Open Final.”
The mistake is perhaps understandable, with top-ranked Djokovic’s eight titles already a record at the Australian Open.
However, Russia’s Medvedev takes a 20-match winning streak into the Melbourne final, where he is seeking his first Major title.
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