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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Novak Djokovic keen to meet lookalike – Winter Olympics champion Pierre Vaultier

Former world No 1 invites France's snowboard gold medallist to this year's French Open at Roland Garros

Frenchman Pierre Vaultier says the likeness between himself and Novak Djokovic had been raised in the past. Eric Gaillard / Reuters
Frenchman Pierre Vaultier says the likeness between himself and Novak Djokovic had been raised in the past. Eric Gaillard / Reuters

Twelve-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic has invited French lookalike – Winter Olympic champion Pierre Vaultier – for a get-together after the snowboard gold medallist noted the resemblance between the two men.

Vaultier told French TV he was a fan of Djokovic and had always wanted to meet the Serbian former world No 1.

Djokovic responded swiftly on Twitter with an invitation to the French Open at Roland Garros.

"@pierre_vaultier let's make it happen. See you at RG [Roland Garros]! And congratulations on your Olympic medal[s]!"

Vaultier said the likeness between himself and the tall, dark Djokovic had been raised in the past and added: "When I am watching him play, his expressions and his intonation, I feel like I am watching myself."

Vaultier, 30, won the Olympic snowboard cross gold in Pyeongchang on Thursday, retaining the title he won in Sochi four years earlier.

The French Open tennis championships will take place at Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10.

Novak Djokovic is known for being expressive on the tennis court. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images
Novak Djokovic is known for being expressive on the tennis court. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

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