Art of Tennis: Nole’s portrait exhibited at La Galleria

Paris, London and Belgrade are Nole’s next stops.

Serbian tennis star and world no. 3 Novak Djokovic is heading to Paris today. He will play at the BNP Paribas Masters, the last ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year. Last year Novak clinched his 16th career title in Bercy with a fantastic three sets win over homecrowd favourite Gael Monfils 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(3).

Novak leads his nation into December’s Davis Cup final against France in Belgrade. The 23-year-old will need to produce another match-winning performance if Serbia is to enter the history books and become the 13th nation to engrave its name onto the famous Davis Cup trophy.

Between Paris and Belgrade, Nole will participate at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (November 21-28). The winner of the season-ending event in 2008 looks forward to playing in London again:

“It’s a great achievement to qualify for the fourth consecutive year. It was incredible how many people came out to watch each and every match last year. I haven’t experienced that before. Every match I played last year was a full stadium with 15,000 people. I really look forward to playing in front of that crowd in The O2 again.”

Novak’s portrait will be displayed at a special exhibition along with the seven other ATP World Tour finalists at La Galleria, Pall Mall in London from November 8-18.

Artworks of players qualified for the Finals will also be exhibited at the ATP Fan Zone at The O2, London, during the tournament (November 21-28).

Fans can own a one-of-a-kind self-portrait created by their favourite player, along with the autographed racquet he used to create his artwork!

The charity auction takes place online at from 8-28 November, so fans around the world have a chance to bid.

50% of proceeds will go to the charity chosen by Nole and 50% to the tournament charity, which is Save the Children (UK).

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 is the world’s biggest indoor tennis event, where each of the top eight players are drawn to play a minimum of three round-robin matches to determine which four players advance to the knockout semi-finals.

The eight players making the ATP Finals are Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Andy Roddick.

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