Novak Djokovic might be unbeaten in Australian Open finals, but a sponsor seemed to think that he had already won this year’s tournament before he has even played it.
Ahead of the eight-time champion’s clash with Daniil Medvedev today, 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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