Novak Djokovic called Kobe Bryant his mentor just two days before the former basketball star’s tragic death in a helicopter crash along with eight other people, including his daughter Gianna.
The tennis player was being interviewed by ESPN at the Australian Open, and the clip was recently reshared on Twitter.
“Kobe has been one of my mentors — I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that — but I’ve had several phone conversations with him, and also obviously when we see each other live,” Djokovic said on Friday, two days before the fatal Sunday crash.
—CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) January 26, 2020
Djokovic, ranked No. 2 in the ATP men’s world rankings, described how Bryant had given him a lot of support in the past few years when Djokovic was recovering from injury.
“The last couple of years when I was going through the injury with my elbow and struggling to mentall