I hinted at this on my twitter feed, but Nole has been hosting children of 9/11 victims in his box during matches. And before everyone gets at PR-cynic on him, here's his presser:
Q. I understand you’ve been hosting children of 9/11 victims in your box. Can you talk about that, what that means to you, how it got started.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, well, I mean, we had this idea before the tournament, and I didn’t want to talk about it, obviously. I think it’s ‑‑ well, it’s a gesture that I hope it means for them. I’ve been meeting, you know, four different guys, you know, in these two weeks.
I have been giving them some presents after the matches. Obviously we don’t want to talk about the past and what happened. It’s something that I have been going through, as well, something similar in my past, you know, through the war and all these things.
So I know what it feels like, so I just try to bring some smiles and make them enjoy. I hope that’s what I did.
Q. Do they know who you are and what you’ve done on the court? Do they know you for your impressions or more for your tennis?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I haven’t asked them that. (laughter.)
I think that’s ‑‑ the main thing is that they enjoy it. I think that the guy I met today was first‑time watching live tennis match. It was quarterfinal of US Open, and certainly it was a fantastic feeling for him.
About the impressions, I don’t know if they have seen it. But it’s going on on the Internet for a while.
Q. When you say that you don’t want to talk about it or you haven’t wanted to talk about it, do you mean you don’t want to make it seem like it’s a publicity thing, make it genuine from the heart?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: About what?
Q. I think when you responded to that question you said, you know, I obviously haven’t wanted to talk about it.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, just because this is something that is negative to talk about, and I think it’s a sad story from their side and from my side. So I guess in this moment we have no reason to talk about sad things, because, you know, we are here. We’re trying to enjoy. We’re young. They’re young. They’re trying to enjoy their life, and they came to tennis.
So this is the positive message. We don’t want to, you know, get back in the past. What already happened, happened. It’s life.
Much love, Falcon.