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The influential reason behind the creation of the Cuban shirt

The influential reason behind the creation of the Cuban shirt

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Serbian Novak Djokovic unveils a jersey honoring No. 24 and Kobe Bryant after defeating Russian Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final of the US Open Tennis Championships, Sunday, September 10, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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During his statements, Novak Djokovic explained the reasons that prompted him to design the shirt for Kobe Bryant.

Novak Djokovic’s move to commemorate Kobe Bryant with a special T-shirt could not be the subject of comment during the US Open trophy presentation ceremony.

The 36-year-old Serb was asked about this and analyzed the reasons that pushed him to this action: “I thought of making this shirt in case I won the championship. That was about seven days ago. I didn’t share it with anyone until a few days ago when I asked my people to help me put on this shirt.”

Kobe and I were close, he was a good friend of mine. We talked a lot about winning mentality when I was struggling with injury and trying to get back to the top of the game.

He was one of the people I relied on the most. He was always there to give me advice and support me in a friendly way.

What happened a few years ago with his death and the death of his daughter hurt me deeply. He thought the number 24 was the number he wore when he became a Lakers legend and a world basketball legend. “So I thought this would be a nice symbolic gesture to acknowledge what he’s done for me.”

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