Laslo Djere did something important last week in Rio de Janeiro where he conquered both his first ATP title and the heart of many people around the world.
Previously ranked only 90, not many people gave much attention to Laslo. The young Serbian before stunned the seed no.1 and clay court specialist Dominic Thiem in the first round (6-3 6-3) and then after winning the title he gave a memorable speech about his story on when he lost both parents for cancer.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and the tennis community were touched by his words. Here the reaction
Congratulations to Laslo and Felix for their great performance and amazing sportsmanship that these two share.
I am sure both parents were watching, it’s incredible what this human-being has been through.
When life puts you down, infuse your life with action. https://t.co/A4KFDG9zRL
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (@StefTsitsipas) February 24, 2019
Congrats my friend.. you deserved this title.. 💪🏻 https://t.co/Umht5juro3
— borna coric (@borna_coric) February 25, 2019
— Grigor Dimitrov (@GrigorDimitrov) February 25, 2019
— Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) February 25, 2019
Few here have heard of Laslo Djere or have seen him play. Doesn’t matter. The speech except below will get to your heart if you’ve lost a parent before they were able to see you achieve. https://t.co/6pGYakceDT
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) February 25, 2019
Absolutely inspiring speech from Rio’s champ Laslo Djere, talking about the death of his parents. Emotional.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 24, 2019
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) February 24, 2019
You know when they say “could not have happened to a nicer guy”. Absolutely applies to Laslo Djere. Mentally such a huge effort to even play tennis two months after losing your dad and he manages to win the biggest title in his career. #RioOpen
— Saša Ozmo (@ozmo_sasa) February 24, 2019
Well done champion, we are with you 🙏🏽🙌🏽 https://t.co/1gCspNgX1F
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) February 24, 2019
You never walk alone 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/j5MvPgQsxs
— Frances Tiafoe (@FTiafoe) February 25, 2019
I was crying so much just watching this! So proud of this guy, I’ve known him since we were kids!!! Words can’t describe how happy I am for Laci and how inspiring he is for me and all of the players! 🙏🏻❤️ https://t.co/UavI0aYdxz
— Jovana Jaksic (@JaksicJovana) February 25, 2019