8/8/12 9:08 PM | Johan Lindahl
Agile Canadian Daniel Nestor was almost unable to find his footing in the unfamiliar world of academia as the 39-year-old doubles ace received an honorary degree during his home event in Toronto.
The player with the most doubles title in the history of the sport was awarded a doctorate from York University, a campus located conveniently just across the road from the tournament venue.
The veteran looked well out of his element in a jacket, tie and mortarboard as he received his Doctor of Laws gong. The quiet man admitted to being a bit embarrassed.
Nestor is also likely to get grief from wife Natasha, an actual graduate, as compared to her husband, who has spent his life making millions on the doubles court.
"Natasha graduated form York and she's a bit jealous," he confessed. "She had to spend four years studying while I can get an honorary degree just for being a good tennis player. But I really appreciate this."
Nestor and London Olympic gold-medal partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus are competing this week in Toronto. But the Canadian was unsure if he would have a partner after Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka beat Andy Murray and Laura Robson for the mixed gold medal.
"I though he was going to send a note saying that he had to go home and celebrate," joked Nestor, who added that he's even more annoyed that he didn't win a medal as he has been told they are 33 percent bigger now than when he and fellow Canadian Sebastien Lareau won Sydney gold in 2000.
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