The fastest tennis player in the West is Novak Djokovic. The 21-time Slam champion has based part of his greatness on perfect athletic condition, which has allowed him and still allows him to run the entire court perfectly.
A characteristic that has been the key to many of the successes he has achieved throughout his career. But not only titles: it seems that this facet of his as an athlete has crowned him in another classification. After various data available, the Spanish newspaper Marca has compiled a classification of the fastest athletes in the world.
A classification that the Olympic champion Usain Bolt cannot stop leading, who also becomes the reference for those who follow him: 44.72 km/h is his speed, or 9.58 seconds to run 100 meters. The footballer Kylian Mbappé, with a speed of 38.02 km/h, or 100 meters in 11 s, and the rugby player Jonah Lomu, with a speed of 37.44 km/h, or 100 meters in 11.1 s, complete the the podium.
Novak Djokovic closes the top 5: he has a speed of 36.02 km/h, which would allow him to run 100 meters in 11.5 seconds. Ahead, in fourth place, is American football player Tyreek Hill: 37.2 km/h, with a 100-meter run covered in 11.2 s.
Behind the Belgrade tennis player there is another footballer: Erling Haaland. In a possible 100 meter race, the Norwegian would be 0.1 seconds behind the former world number one. Djokovic, therefore, is the fifth fastest athlete in the world, but in the world of tennis he is number one: nobody is faster than him.
Amritraj reflects on Nole Djokovic
In a recent conversation with the Tennis Channel, Amritraj commented that nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will be the «biggest story» this time around. «Look, there’s going to be some serious contenders there,» Amritraj said.
«We’re going to see Carlos Alcaraz come back healthy, the youngest number 1 we’ve ever had on tour and I know we’ll get to this, but I think our boy Nick Kyrgios has a good chance to make something special happen in Australia.» .
But look, the biggest story has to be Novak, especially after the way he had to go last year. Those feelings are still inside him when he came back. Novak loves a little chip on his shoulder and that will help him get stronger. Many great athletes work this way. I can’t wait to see how hungry he comes out this year,» he stated.