Monday, 27 June 2011 11:58
Novak Djokovic, one of the highest ranked players at Wimbledon, is stressing out, but not about facing Roger, Andy, or Rafa—but over his pet poodle Pierre
being denied entrance into the country. In a report by Robert Mendick in The Telegraph
It is understood that Djokovic is making representations "at the highest level" to try to ensure Pierre arrives at Wimbledon in time for the tournament's second week.
The dog, to whom he is devoted, has been an ever present during the European clay court season, which Djokovic dominated until losing for the only time this year in the French Open semi-finals.
Pierre was even spotted in Paris, sat on a cushion at a table cafe next to the tennis player who fed him noodles.
"He is upset he can't bring Pierre to Wimbledon and he is pleading with the authorities to let the dog in," said a source in the Djokovic camp. "Whenever he can he takes the dog with him. he is genuinely upset. For him this is a very serious issue."
Pierre along with the tennis player's long time girlfriend Jelena Ristic are critical members of Team Djokovic.
The impeccably groomed, snow white toy poodle, along with his owner, graced the front cover of the July edition of men's Vogue.
The dog - like Andy Murray's border terrier Maggie May - even has his own account on the social network site Twitter.
So far Pierre has tweeted 19 times since logging on on June 14. the tweets include conversation threads with Murray's pet. Coincidentally Murray and Djokovic are good friends.
Tweets from Pierre include "Being Pierre is the best! Woof" and in reference to the Vogue cover photograph: "Fame has clearly gone to my head. Form an orderly queue for paw-tographs please."