Novak Djokovic gave his shirt to a Bolivian tennis player who asked for it after losing in his first Olympic match

Hugo Dellien and Novak Djokovic shake hands at the Tokyo Olympics.
Hugo Dellien was happy just to play Novak Djokovic at the Olympics. Patrick Semansky/AP Images
  • Hugo Dellian of Bolivia lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Afterward, Dellien said he asked Djokovic for one of his shirts, and posted an Instagram of it.
  • Dellien called it a “beautiful gift” on the “most important day in my professional life.”
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Hugo Dellien’s Olympic experience did not last long, but he left with a life-long memory and souvenir.

Dellien, 28, is from Bolivia and competing in his first Olympics. Unfortunately, for Dellien, his first draw in Tokyo was against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic made quick work of Dellien, beating him in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

After the match, the two shook hands, and Dellien, who is ranked 128th in the world, spoke to Djokovic for several moments before the two players parted ways.

Dellien reportedly asked Djokovic for his shirt, saying it would be a memory for the rest of his life.

Afterward, Dellien posted a photo on Instagram of Djokovic giving him one of his shirts. According to a Google translation, Dellien called it a “beautiful gift,” given to him on the “most important day in my professional life.”

A post shared by Hugo Dellien (@hugodellien)

Dellien wrote: “I have played tennis for 25 years and fought all my life to reach the Olympic Games, the one above ???????? gave me the opportunity to enter and play against the number 1 in the world, to be able to tell him the things that I told him at the end and for him to leave the field and approach me to give me this beautiful gift that I asked him, to have a memory of the most important day in my professional life, that I can say? Thank you @djokernole for making this day even more special for me.”

Dellien also called for more investment in Bolivian sports to help more athletes reach the Olympics.