"Am I? I mean isn't it obvious?": Novak DJOKOVIC hilariously reprises role as Bert Critchley to accept role as James Bond

Thursday, 25 April 2024 at 21:05
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Novak Djokovic amusingly accepted a simulated offer to become the next James Bond after embodying his fictional character named 'Bert Critchley' from the fictitious program "The Tour." Earlier this year, the ATP launched its exclusive reality show in February, where tennis players were given unique identities, revealing that their on-court personas are merely acting roles.
In the storyline shared on social media, several protagonists narrate their experiences of portraying the tennis greats, with glimpses of "the actors" portraying ATP Tour players.

Novak Djokovic as ‘Bert Critchley’

For instance, in the first episode, Andy Murray participated as Fraser McKnight, Novak Djokovic as Bert Critchley, Gael Monfils as Peter Arthur, and Casper Ruud as Thomas Johnson, among others. Subsequently, the ATP also organized the "Golden Racket Award," a parody in which Bert Critchley (played by Djokovic) receives the 'Best Storyline' trophy.
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Nole recently received the Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award for his outstanding 2023 season, where he won three Grand Slam titles and finished the year as No. 1 at the age of 36. Before the award ceremony, the ATP interviewed him as "Bert Critchley" and asked if playing James Bond is the next step in his career.
"So Bert, you’re at the top of your game, you’ve won the Golden Racket Award, you’re nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year again. There’s a lot of talk about you being the next James Bond. Are you the next James Bond?" the host asked.
"Am I? I mean, isn’t it obvious? I don’t know what took them so long, but, if that’s the official offer, I’m ready. I mean, I love my Novak Djokovic character. I think I enjoyed it. We had fun with it, but, I probably would leave Novak for James Bond. I think it’s time to take my acting career to a different level," the 24-time Grand Slam champion replied.
When Djokovic (portraying Bert Critchley) received the simulated award from the series, the 'Golden Racket Award,' the Serbian thanked his fans and praised Fraser McKnight (played by Andy Murray) for his work as one of the co-stars:
"Finally all these years of playing Novak Djokovic, I’m so happy. I wanna thank all the Bert Fam that has been trusting me, following me, supporting me over the years. Thank you for supporting my character."
"It’s been really incredible journey, incredible ride for 20 years, playing Novak Djokovic. At times, he was really funny, at times, boring as hell. But you know it’s part of the job. You have to just accept it, embrace it. I love working with Fraser McKnight, my friend, and others," he said.
"It didn’t start the way I would normally start winning the Australian Open but you know, it was fun. So thank you to all the producers, directors, I’ll be back soon," he added.

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