Djokovic plays football, cricket in charity gala ahead of Australian Open

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Tennis star, Novak Djokovic playing football as he hosts an event in Australia ahead of the Open

• Also wrestled with Melbourne Demons footballer

Novak Djokovic has put his racket to one side to try his hand at Australian football, cricket and ahead of the upcoming Open.

The world No 2 is gearing up for the Australian Open, where he will be hoping to win the competition for a seventh time.

He looked in high spirits as he took part in ‘A Night with Novak’ at the Margaret Court Arena as he got to grips with a range of different sports.

Djokovic jokingly wrestled with Melbourne Demons footballer Max Gawn at the home of the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old also showed off his football skills by working his magic with his left foot and juggling the ball behind his head, while he was not afraid to play wheelchair tennis.

Tennis superstar Djokovic was not afraid to pick up a cricket bat as well as he was given a batting and bowling masterclass by Australia legend Shane Warne.

Djokovic starred in the free charity gala ahead of the highly anticipated tournament in order to raise money for his foundation.

The Novak Djokovic Foundation supports quality pre-school education for children.

Tickets sold out in hours and spectators were also treated to a show put on by Cirque du Soleil performers.

This year’s Australian Open begins on January 16.

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