9/25/12 8:25 PM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic has been filling in some of the time between his US Open title loss to Andy Murray and his return to the ATP at next week's Beiing Open by fulfilling some of his official duties as a UNICEF ambassador.
The Serb world No. 2 made a day out of a visit to the "Beneath the Linden Trees" kindergarten in Lesnica, Serbia, 150 kilometres from the capital of Belgrade on an official mission for the worldwide children's welfare agency.
More than 40 kids in attendance were thrilled by their brief contact with the national tennis hero, who showed off a few of his racquet skills on a mini-court made of recycled materials. "I’ve seen today what a unique and special place kindergarten is," said the Monte Carlo-based player. "It’s a supportive space where children can learn to think creatively and work collaboratively. It’s a space where they have the freedom to be imaginative, creative and practise skills."
Djokovic added: "Quality kindergarten can bring out the best in every child and set them on a good path for life. We have a collective responsibility to ensure every child has this kind of opportunity, so that they can better navigate challenges and risks throughout life and become responsible parents and citizens."
The school was established by the UNICEF and receives support from the player's charity foundation.
The visit came only days after the Djokovic charity raised $1.4 million to benefit early childhood education through an inaugural fundraising dinner in New York in the US Open period.
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